Thursday, January 31, 2013

Button Tree

I got a few minutes left and hurried to my craft room. I worked out an idea I had in mind after finding some inspiration on Pinterest. I saw a tree filled with hearts. I thought why not using MFT's buttons and leaves? Yep, I have to practise a bit more the get the shape of the tree better, but for a first attempt it isn't that bad, is it? At the left side I added a strip of paper from Glitz Design and stitched the papers together. It looks like I'm in a CAS mood :)

Have a nice day!

Monday, January 28, 2013


I made a litte card (10x10) with MME's Follow your heart. Still in love with this line. It doesn't need that much as the paper is printed with a beautiful doily and roses. The sentiment and heart border is from 'Homespun Hearts' by MFT.The button is from a set with stars, hearts and funny rabbits I got from my mother.

Did you see or hear the announcement of our queen? What a surprise! It is a strange idea that in a few months she won't be our queen anymore.I've got a deep respect for her as she did a lot for The Netherlands. Tonight on tv I heard a few people from my generation speaking about "our" Queen and it feels a bit the same for me. I was only a few months old when she became queen and my mum always tells me about sitting on her knee and watching the ceremony with full attention.  Unfortunately I haven't got a photo of that...

Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DCL #171 and MCSC #12

Over the past few months I have seen so many beautiful white based cards with paperpiece techniques that I have to try it myself. I usually work in a vintage coloured style, but I'm fond of the whites as well. However it is hard to switch from 'dirty' colours to white cardstock... This morning I saw the DCL challenge for this week with a beautiful colour card from which you have to use five colours. And for the CAS blog of MCSC the challenge of this month is: 'anything goes'. Perfect mix of challenges, isn't it?
So I checked my paper stash and compared the colours of the challenge with it. Summer Fresh of Simple Stories matched the best (poppy red, dusk blue, linen, lemon zest and monaco blue).
After finding the papers I had to look for a stamp set which I could use for paper piecing. I've got only one at the moment which is usable and that is 'Up, Up, Away' from PTI. It is really a fun technique! I coloured the baskets with a Derwent pencil. Do you know Debby Hughes' blog? She inspired me to work with a strip of patterned paper at the left side.

That's it for today! Thanks for coming by and have a nice weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2013

You make me happy

I've got a lot of leftovers of older paperlines which are waiting for being used. One of them is Echo Park's This and That. I pulled it out of the stash in my cupboard and played with it a bit. I've got the 30/30 cm paper sheets and these designs are a bit too big for using on cards. That makes it a hard job to use it. I love cards with frames on it and I tried to use one myself. But it is harder than I thougt. Well, this is the result of my attempt.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thinking of you

Tests are over! Yesterday evening I did the last two tests. Such a relief! Hopefully I've got pass marks, but I have to wait a couple of weeks before I will know. Some tests were really hard. Let's hope the best. Today was my day off, so I had enough time to make a card. I used the papers and stamps which were still on my craft table. It means that I show you again a card made with MME Nostalgia and MFT's Homespun Hearts. The background is stamped with PTI's polka dots. It is not a card which makes me very satisfied. Maybe this idea worked better when I designed a 10/15 cm card. But I like the stamped 'heart-flower' with the sentiment!

That's it for today! Thanks for coming by! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hugs & flowers

While studying I need a break sometimes and these breaks I love to spend in my craft room. And that's how this card is created. I didn't have any idea what to do and I just started. I made a background from several designs from Nostalgia. And I made these four designs more equal by spraying with glimmer mist. Never used it before, so I was a bit anxious to use it. But it turned out well and I like the effect on the background. I stamped a centre piece with Antique linen and a grid stamp. And of course, again I used some stamps from  Homespun Hearts.

Yesterday I had the first two tests and I've got a good feeling. Looking forward to seeing the results. Tuesday are the other two. 

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I got a gift from our nephews and nieces which was really nice and creative, so I'd like so show it to you. Every one decorated a litte bottle with 'window plastic' (do you know what I mean?), which was cut into different figures, letters and fantasy shapes. Of course, some of them had a little help from their mothers. These bottles were put on a lovely tray and filled with flowers. Really original, isn't it? Unfortunately it is a bit hard to take photos of the decorated bottles, but this one is quite visible. 

Thank you for your comments on the problem with uploading. I downloaded Chrome again (I removed it after having problems with it when strange links occured in websites) and now I can upload photos without any problem. 

Off to work now! Enjoy your weekend! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Homespun Hearts

In my previous post I told you I got my order with the MFT's Homespun Hearts. I ordered the heart stamps, the heart dies and hearts border die. This weekend I made a card and I'm very satisfied with the result. In special the border die is a great addition to my craft stock. I used the papers of MME Nostalgia.


Unfortunately I have to wait a bit before a can do more with this set. First of all I have to finish the tests before crafting... One week to go!

Thanks to the snow I didn't have any difficulty with taking pictures today. A perfect light tent! It is so bright inside although there is no sunshine at the moment. I was so glad I didn't have any problems this morning to travel to school. We were right on time and we  drove only an extra 15 minutes over 50 km. However, some of my students were less fortunate....

By the way, I usually upload pictures to my blog directly from my laptop. But it looks like it isn't possible anymore. Do you know why it is or do I have to thick a box somewhere? Now, I have to upload the photos first to picasaweb. A bit time consuming, isn't it?

Enjoy your day. I'm in a hurry to my studybooks! Thanks for coming by.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Baby card

This week a little baby girl was born and I made a card for her parents. It won't suprise you I chose the Hanging Out set from PTI. In your comments on my previous post with Hanging Out you told me it won't bother you if I would show more cards with this set. So, here you are. And if you are getting bored, hop quickly over to the next blog you like to visit ;-).

Yesterday I received my order from 'Bij Oma Dee'. I ordered MFT Homespun hearts (lovely set!) and a paper pad from MME Nostalgia. This paperline has got a vintage look which is perfect for baby cards. It looks a bit the same I did before, but the use of papers gives this card a 'new' look. I love it. Unfortunately I didn't pay attention to the ribbon while taking photos, so you can't read the sentiment very well.

I had to buy these tulips yesterday. It is cold outside, but the flowers give a bit of a spring feeling...

Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rosie Posie

While learning for my tests I felt an urge to make a card. It had been a long time ago since I inked up my Rosie Posie-set and I had never used the stem stamp before. So I chose this stamp to give it a try. I stamped a background with WMS Off beat. The sentiment is from PTI Botanical Silhouettes.


And now back to work quickly! Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stocking my stash

I need to stock up my stash of cards and I do it in a CAS way this time as it is the quickest method. I know CAS can be quite difficult and time consuming, but I had something in my mind and it worked out very well. I took my heart punch and heart stamps (from Pipoos) and some inks. I distressed the background with Antique linen and Tea Dye and stamped a Dutch sentiment. I did some stitching, distressed the edges with a distressing tool and matted the cards onto cardstock. That's all!





I didn't have a Christmas tree, but I decorated a few branches. Yesterday I took off the ligths and christmas decorations and filled the branches with a few other decorations. The little bird houses are waiting for Spring :)

Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day!