Tuesday, May 15, 2018


You sometimes need to give a sign of life. Well, here is one :)
Today I want to show you a card made for a little girl who was born in Singapore!
I saw a tutorial by Carissa Wiley and I had to give it a go. Little Rosa lent me a PTI stamp set and an alphabet die set from MFT which both fit perfectly with this technique. It was hard word as I haven't stamped a lot recently. You loose your skills, unfortunately. Anyway, after one evening of work on this card, I was quite satisfied :)

As you probably already know I have been the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo since last year and I have worked a lot since I have it. That is why it is silent on the blog here. Besides work and study (nope, haven't finished yet), there is little time left for creativity. Last year after buying the silhouette Cameo I started making products for newborns, birthdays and also some window decoration. Most products have been ordered by customers and the money I make with these products has been sent to a project for disabled teenagers in Romania. If you want to know more about it, please visit www.facebook.com/studiosaarandpien or have a look at my Instagram account (see the icon on the right sight of this blog).

For Miriam I had to make a few things as well of course. I made her a personalised romper with the skyline of Singapore and her date of birth. 

And I made a set of shirts for her and her older sister.

So, that is it for now. Thanks for hopping by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017


Wow, that has been a long time ago! If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I am still spending time creating cards and other things, although I often lost my mojo concerning cardmaking. However, I haven't been very active in blogland. I was doubting about continuing my blog, but what I really like about having a blog is that it creates a kind of archive. It definitely shows your development. So I will post new pictures, but maybe not at a very regular basis...

Today's card is a monochromatic card. I saw a nice idea somewhere on the Internet of a special folding of the card, see the pictures below. That was my starting point. I knew that I wanted to use vellum, distress ink and I jumped in the current craze: Tonic's Nuvodrops. I started with colouring the cardstock with tattered roses distress ink and stamped some polkadots with the same ink. I thought that the stampset Floral Sketches from Papertrey Ink would be perfect with this card. I die cut some flowers, coloured them with the same distress ink and stamped the flowers with a darker colour of distress ink. I made a bunch of them and I adhered some pink nuvo drops, which I prepared some days ago, at the heart of the flowers. With nuvo drops Morning Dew I adhered some drops directly onto the card. After punching a hole at the top to get the two sides of the card together, I finished the card with a sentiment on a craft banner, a vellum banner and some twine. 

I made this card for Rhodé who is celebrating her birthday today. I added two colours of Nuvo drops to this card, hope she likes them as much as I do ;)
Thanks for hopping by and have a lovely weekend! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Guest designer Els Brigé Design

Last week I was guest designer at Els Brige's blog and of course I have to show my cards here as well.

I created two cards. The first one is made with a wood texture paper of simple stories, leaves made with dies from MFT (a birthday present from Rhodé, thanks!) and circle dies with a stitched line (also from MFT). For the sentiment I used the "'t Is je verjaardag" set.

I am a fan of Papertrey Ink. Lovely designs and good quality. Howerver, the sentiments are in English and not every Dutch person loves English sentiments on a card. So, I am very happy with Els' stamps with their beautiful fonts.The next card is made with Papertrey Ink's 'Floral Sketches'. For the sentiment I used the "'t Is je verjaardag" set. I also used "warme wensen", which actually is a christmas set, but also usable for other occasion.  I stamped a background with two stamps for the latter set. 

Thanks for hopping by and have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scrap quilt

My study and work were not the only reason why I didn't create that many cards as I used to make. I worked on a secret project as well :). Yesterday our youngest niece was born and I made her a quilt. I used reproduction 30's fabrics and the result is a colourful scrap quilt. A lot of work but the result makes worth all the effort!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Last week Rhodé came over for a card making date. She brought the SU Watercolor Wings set. What a great set it is. I made a bunch of cards with the set in blues and one grey colour. I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

And finally I made one in reds. With the red one I'd like to participate in the current k&k challenge - one layer card

Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent Bloghop Day 19

**Unfortunately something has gone wrong and the post hasn't been publiced in time. I had it scheduled at 18u, but it didn't appear then. I wasn't at home and could check it only later in the evening. I'm so sorry!**

Welcome to day 19 of the Advent Bloghop, organised by Alexandra Renke and her team!

Today it is my turn together with


For a long time I only had  an eye for paper, stamps and dies from the USA. However it didn't do any justice to the materials from our neighbours in Germany. There you can buy wonderful materials as well, in a totally different style. I makes me thinking of Scandinavia. Simple and delicate desings and products of high-quality. Judith pointed me at the call for the advent bloghop on Alexandra's blog, I applied for a spot and yes, I was one of the 65 lucky people who received a huge box with materials! Today I like to show you what I made with the materials.

The task was to create something for someone whom you like to say 'thank you' to. Well, I'd like to say thank you to my fellow group members and our teacher of my sewing group. Every two weeks I attend the lesson and I love creating my own dresses and skirts. The group is very supportive, especially in times of exams. Always encouraging and understanding when I'm tired of my studies and work. I made a card for my teacher, which will be given together with a chocalate bar of Tony's chocolonely. I'm sure she will love it!

For the other women I bought litte organza bags. I put some chocolate in it and decorated it with the lovely design papers from the package. I created a tag with the die which was also in the box. Yes, we were definitely spoiled with the materials in the box!


The text in the left bauble is a stamp which says 'thank you' in several languages, even in Dutch! Don't you love that little gnome on the right? Let´s be honest. I haven´t finished all bags, I have some work to do in the coming days...

There were so many materials that I could make many more things. So, I created a Christmas card without having someone special in mind.

Don´t you love the little stars made with an embossing folder?

Next I'd like to show you a gift box I made for my cousin and her husband. My cousin and her husband are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today. My cousin had always told us: 'If I am getting married, you will be our bridesmaids!'. And so, on 19 December 1991 we had a splendid day in beautiful dresses, made by my mother. We, as their former bridesmaid, thought it would be nice to give them a present for their anniversary and we decided to give them a gift card for a lunch for two. I made a gift box to put the voucher box in and an envelop for a little card with our message and some money for extra drinks.

 Unfortunately, you can't see the little grey angels on the white strip on the gift box...

Finally, a card without a text and I'm not sure whether it is too simple or not... I have punch three circles with lovely scenes on it. Some twine and gorgeous paper, I would say it is perfect :)

These are the first three Christmas cards I have made this year so far.... Having exams in December is definitely not okay for stocking your Christmas cards... I´m afraid I can´t send many handmade Christmas greetings, but hopefully I can make it good in the new year with cards send out without a special occasion as a card sending for fun is the best!  

Alexandra, together with your team, thank you so much for this bloghop! I have really enjoyed it!
Thank you for hopping by and make sure to visit Adriana, Katja and Kerstin tomorrow.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Welcome, little Esther

I hardly believe that it has already been December! Time is flying at the moment and I'm quite busy with work and studies. And less busy with craft related activities... It's a pity. I sometimes creates a card or work on some other projects. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some activities now and then. However, I'm sure, better times will be ahead :)

Our friends in Singapore got a little girl, Esther. Of course I had to make her a card.

 I asked a friend to embroider a onesie in the Dutch colours on her embroidery machine. Isn't it cute?

I'm always a bit nervous when shipping abroad, but luckily the card, onesie and some other presents arrived safely.

I sent this card to her grandparents. 

I didn't have time for taking photos with my camera, so these are taken with my phone, hence the quality.

For now I am working on a project for the Adventskalender bloghop by Alexandra Renke's team. Hop over to Alexandra's blogpost for more information. Each day of this time of Advent a new project will be shown with materials from Alexandra. Alexandra and Ellis started off the bloghop last Thursday. So glad I can participate in this bloghop. And I can assure you that the materials are wonderful!

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for coming by!

Monday, October 24, 2016

CAS baby card

I've got a CAS baby card for you today. Made with a MFT Elephant die (from Jungle friends) and a Concord and 9th stamp set. Some twine and a gingham piece of paper for the finishing touch and that is it.

Challenge: Addicted to Stamps and More (Anything goes)
Thanks for hopping by!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


On this rainy and windy day I'd like to show you a card with an autumn feeling. I used some papers from a Simple Stories line from last year. The leaves dies are from Simply Graphic and the hello die is from MFTstamps.

I'm enjoying my autumn break this week which means some extra time to spend in my craftroom! 
Thanks for coming by! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gingham elephant?

Have you ever seen gingham elephants? I was invited to be guestdesigner at the City Crafter blog. This week's theme is 'Did I make you up?'. You have to use something which doesn't really exist. I came up with a row of gingham elephant. Sure, they don't exist! Both die and papers are from MFT. The ABC stamp is from Concord and 9th.  I've send this card to a little baby boy.
You can still participate in the challenge. Head over to the blog for more information.

Hope you'll have a lovely weekend!