woensdag 26 november 2014

Bella with Rose

Good morning everybody!

Back with another card. When I noticed Conie Fong had released a new image with the adorable little bear Bella I had to have it. So here is my new card with Bella with Rose.
Isn't that image precious?
As always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced. I'll add the markers I used this evening because I have actually taken them down this time. Just in a hurry this morning but will take time to do it tonight.
Gorgeous Wild Orchid Flowers to compliment the pretty image.
A bit of a side view so you can see the layering better.
And of course the little pieces little Bella was made with.

Hope you like my new card!! Have a great day everybody!!


Materials used:
Image: Bella with Rose by Conie Fong for Sweet Pea Stamps
Paper: White cardstock and Maja Design Fika paper (starting to run out of some of the designs which is a shame because it's SO pretty
Other: stitches by hand, Stampendous Frantage, Stickles Platinum, Distress ink, Butterfly edge die by Noor Design for Joy Crafts, Floral Ovals die from Spellbinders. Butterfly from Etsy Store.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Purple/White Cosmos Daisy flowers
Mixed Purple/Lilac tone Trellis Roses 35mm
White hip rosebuds
Mixed Purple/Lilac and White sweetheart blossoms
Mixed Pastel tone Apple Blossoms
Purple Lilac Self Adhesive Pearls 3mm (not in stock as I type this but please check back later)

zondag 16 november 2014

Winner digital image Sarah by Wee Stamps

Hi Everybody,

Thank you everybody for all of the lovely comments on my card with Wee Stamps' Sarah. Sorry for the late announcement but yesterday was my birthday and that took away more of my time and energy then expected. Anyway, random.org did it's work and the winner to the digital image of Sarah by Wee Stamps (or another stamp of choice if the person already purchased Sarah) is:

Another beautiful creation, Mariska! You're work always blows me away - your attention to detail is amazing and your colouring and paper piecing always FABULOUS! I'd love to be in with the chance to win this sweet digi, so thanks for sharing! Hugs, Lisa x
Lisa, please contact me on "mariskavanderveer @ xs4all . nl" (without the spacings in between).

Now of to draw the winner of the rubber stamp give away on Sylvia Zet's blog!


dinsdag 11 november 2014

Wee Stamps Sarah with a give away

Hi everybody,

Today I'd like to show you another Christmas card I made. I think this is the second time ever I used my hexagon dies but I wanted to try something new and the pretty Sarah by Wee Stamps (digi/rubber stamp) fitted perfectly into the hexagon die.
The base of the card is just kraft cardstock, with stitches by hand around the edges. I smeared a bit embossing ink on one side of an embossing folder and pressed that on two edges of the cardstock, sprinkled white embossing powder on it, tapped it of and embossed that. I wanted to get this not perfect pattern.
Like I mentioned, the image that I used is the newly released Sarah by Wee Stamps (available as a digital image through Wee Stamps and as a rubber stamp through Whimsy Stamps). I colored her with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced her (but what else is new ;) ).
For the embellishments I used gorgeous red Trellis roses, a white open rose, pretty red hip rosebuds and one red Christmas berry spray with pine cones (you'll find links below). I still have berries and a cone left so what you see on this card is about 2/3rd of one spray.
And the little pieces the image was made with :).

I hope you like my new Christmas card. Not that much time until the Christmas cards need to be send of so hope you get some time to do some crafting of your own! Sylvia was kind enough to let me give away Sarah as a digital image to one of the people commenting on this post again! All you need to do is leave a comment and mention that you would like a chance to win Sarah (or that you have already purchased Sarah and would like to win another digital image from Wee Stamps) and from the people who do so I will pick one winner next Saturday. And to make things even better..... if you leave a comment on my post with this card on Sylvia's blog HERE then you might just win this adorable Sarah as a rubber stamp! So that's two chances, one for the digital and one for the rubber version of this adorable image! Good luck!!

Copic Markers used:
Skin: E11, E00, E000, E0000 and a little bit of R20 as a blush
Hair: E53, E50, CB and then when that's dry a bit of E42, E40 where there'd be shadow.
Brown in clothes: E55, E53, E50 and a little bit of W3 (just dots), W1 and W00 (to smear the W3 out) over that in places where there are shadows
Brown little bear: E53, E50, E0000 and over that where there are shadows E44 (just a dot here and there), E42 (tiny bit), and then again E50, E0000 to smear that out
White fur: E50 only a bit here and there, let that dry a bit and then go over that with E40 (just dots), W00 and CB. All the colored markers are just touches as I want it to look white and not grey.
White in dress: same as fur but without the E40.
Red: R29, R27, R24, let that dry completely and then add really small amounts of R89 in darkest places and smear out with R27, R24 and 20. I find that with the first layer dry the R89 will blend better with the R20-colors. If you put the R89 on first and then start with the R29 it's harder to get it to blend perfectly. It is very important to let the first layer dry as the red will easily run out.
Greenish/brownish shade in scarf: E87, E84, E81, W0
Golden color present: E84 (just dots), E81, W00, CB, use the colored markers just a bit, mostly to blend. With diamond stickles over it this is my favorite gold.
Pink parts in bear: R22, R20, R0000
Shadow around the image: (will make the white look more white): W3, W1, W00, CB


Materials used:
Image: Sarah by Wee Stamps (digital image/rubber stamp)
Paper: Kraft, white and red cardstock, Basic Grey Wassail
Other: stitches by hand, diamond and platinum Stickles, embossing ink and white embossing powder, hexagon dies (straight and with scalloped edge) Spellbinders, Doodlebug embossing folder Snowflakes 
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Red tone Trellis roses 35mm
Red Christmas Berry Spray with pine cones MKX-326
White Open Roses 25mm
Mixed Red tone Hip Rosebuds

vrijdag 7 november 2014

Winner Snowflake Dancer digital image

Hi everybody,

Sorry I'm a little late with the winner of the Snowflake Dancer digital image by Wee Stamps
Snowflake Dancer
 Thank you everybody so much for all the lovely comments. Some really made me blush and if it was up to me I would have liked to pick several of you to give the digi so to make my life easier I asked Random.org to pick a winner and it came up with number 11. That means my winner is:

So beautiful as always Mariska.

Lorraine congratulations!! If you e-mail Sylvia Zet at:  weestamps at gmail dot com (replace the at with the @-symbal and the dot with a . and remove the spaces) and let her know that you are the winner of Mariska's give away I know she'll send it to you right away!

Thank you again everybody for your lovely comments and already colored my next image... so off to cutting, embossing and paper piecing today! Have a great one everybody!!


woensdag 5 november 2014

Snowflake dancer with give away

Good morning everybody!

Today I'd like to show you a card I made with the newly released Snowflake Dancer by Wee Stamps. This stamp is available as a digital image directly through Wee Stamps and as a rubber stamp through Whimsy Stamps.

I adored the Snowflake Dancer from the second Sylvia showed her to me. I think she's delicate and elegant and I knew right away that I wanted to create a cool card around her. The white cardstock was simply embossed with a Cuttlebug Ice Crystals embossing folder, the strip of blue paper is an old scrap I had from Magnolia and I thought those two would be a lovely setting. I kept the embellishments all white though I did play around with blue flowers but that, for me, took away from the pureness of this card which is what I wanted.
A close up of the fairy, as always colored with Copic Markers, I tried to go for a bit of a distressed look, not to much color. The pretty chipboard star-shapes that I have used are from SisterArt Creation, they don't have a webshop but sell through Facebook. Just click on their photos and if you want to purchase something add a comment below the picture with the chipboard you want. Their chipboards are of a very high quality and I love the shapes. I painted these chipboards with white paint, dusted them with stardust glitter when the paint was still wet and gave them a coat of varnish after they were dry. They sparkle like crazy and I adore them.
Gorgeous white Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, you'll find the links to the different flowers below. And again a chipboard shape from SisterArt Creation.
And the little pieces the image was made with. I cut out most of the snowflake parts one by one after the rest of the image was done, that's why you see them uncut in this picture.

Well that's it for me today. Hope you like my card but you have just gotto love the Snowflake Dancer right? And as mentioned in the header of this post.... I get to give one of these cuties away as a digital image to one person leaving a comment on this post! If you have already purchased the Snowflake Dancer you of course get to pick a different image of your liking. I'll pick a winner somewhere tomorrow so you have all day today and a bit of tomorrow to leave a comment!

Have a great day everybody!!


Materials used:
Image: Snowflake Dancer by Wee Stamps (digital image/rubber stamp)
Paper: White and blue cardstock and a scrap of old Magnolia paper
Other: Floral Oval Die set and oval dies by Spellbinders. Chipboard shapes by SisterArt Creations. Stitches by hand. Dutch Doobadoo A5 Borders. Memory Box Frostyville Border. Cuttlebug Ice Crystals embossing folder. Star Dust and Diamond Stickles. White paint, Glamour Dust Crystal glitter and varnish.
Materials used from Wild Orchid Crafts:

woensdag 29 oktober 2014

Pile of presents with berries, pine cones and holly leaves

Hi everybody,

I did another Christmas card. And though I really love the image that I used on this one the main product that I wanted to use was this pretty Christmas berry spray by Wild Orchid Crafts. I've ordered these a while back and have been wanting to try them ever since.
The image is by Lili of the Valley and is named Pile of Presents, I think it's retiring so if you want to get it you'd better hurry. I did add another present that I stamped from the Deck the Halls stamp (also from LOTV and also retiring). The papers are old ones by Basic Grey with white and green cardstock.
A close up of the image, as always colored with Copics and 3D paper pieced for extra dimension. As mentioned, the present before his foot shouldn't be there but I thought the image needed something in that corner so I stamped it and paper pieced it in there. I've added some flower soft under his feet and as snow in the sky.
And the gorgeous Christmas Spray that I used in a close up. I used one single spray on this card and even had some berries left, I absolutely adore these pine cones and these pretty berries. On the Wild Orchid Crafts blog I explained how I attached them.
And the little pieces the image was made of. Can you see the ghost present? Shadow is there but no present yet :).

Hope you like my new Christmas card. Have a great day everybody!!!


Materials used:
Stamps: Pile of Presents and Deck the Halls (only the present) from Lili of the Valley
Paper: Green and white cardstock, Basic Grey Wassail
Dies: Circles are Nestabilities and Joy Crafts Winter Wishes edge die by Noor! Design
Other: Stitches done by hand, stickles Diamond and Gold, Flower Soft Polar White, the ribbon is by The Ribbon Girl but I don't know which one it is anymore, the heartshaped sparkly button is also by The Ribbon Girl. Antique Gold adhesive pearls by Flourish with a Bling.
By Wild Orchid Crafts:
Red Christmas berry spray with pine cones & holly leaves
25mm Red Open Roses

woensdag 22 oktober 2014

Simple card for wedding anniversary

Hi everybody,

Today I'd like to show you a (for me) very simple card with one of the Flower Fairies by Wee Stamps.
We had a wedding anniversary to go to and I wanted to give money and to make it a bit more personal give it in a handmade card. But I had very little time to craft so I had to keep it simple. The sentiment is computer generated and the adorable little fairy and the gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts flowers really do all the work on this card.
A close up of the adorable little fairy. Colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced as always.
And the pretty flowers. I thought the die cut leaves sort of matched the flowers of the fairy.
And the little pieces. As you can see I didn't cut out every single flower on this one and I colored the little leaves under the bouquet on the base layer. Had to win some time that way.

Hope you like my card even though it's so simple. It still took me hours to make :).


Materials used:
Image: Flower Fairies by Wee Stamps (digital images/rubber stamps)
Paper: Pink and kraft colored cardstock and Maja Design Sofiero
Dies: Rectangles with the rough edges is a Nestabilities set, Mini Lace Doily Corner 1, Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes
Other: Stitches by hand, stickles, distress ink, lace from stash
Wild Orchid Crafts products used:
Baby Pink Cherry Blossoms
Mixed Pink/White Sweetheart Blossoms
Mixed Pink/White Cosmos Daisy Flowers
2-tone Baby Pink Hellebore Paper Flowers

woensdag 15 oktober 2014

A box of Flower Bulbs for my mum

Hi everybody

Today I'd like to show you a little project that I made for my mum. It's a sort of a milk carton with a holder filled with flower bulbs. When my mum came to visit us in the spring she noticed these gorgeous bluebells hyacinth flowers that I had in my garden and she said she loved them and asked me what they were. When I ordered plants for my garden the other day I decided to order her a bunch of the flower bulbs for these hyacinths so she could plant them in her own garden to enjoy next year.
One of the first design teams that I was on a looooooong time ago was Pink Cat Studio by Melissa Rodger. Though I haven't used her images for a while I still adore them and I knew right away that I wanted to use Pink Cat Studio's Lady Gnome for this project. What better image to decorate a box of flower bulbs then a cute little gnome right?
A close up of the adorable little Lady Gnome colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
Here you can see the milk carton separate from the holder. I used a purchased template to create this set, the Well Contained template from My Time Made Easy (LOVE this template). As you can see I attached some of the gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts flowers to the holder and some to the carton.
When the carton is put back in the holder they form a gorgeous flower corner together.
And the little pieces the Lady Gnome was made with.

Hope you like my little milk carton filled with flower bulbs. Can't wait to give it to my mum! Have a fabulous day everybody!!!


Materials used:
Image: Lady Gnome by Pink Cat Studio
Papers: Kraft and green cardstock and Carta Bella Antique Tile Paper design paper
Template: Well Contained by My Time Made Easy
Other: Clear Crystal Zva Small Flourishes (one of them cut into pieces) and Heart Shaped Sparkly Button both from The Ribbon Girl.
Wild Orchid Crafts products used:
Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon Moss Green
Mixed Green Open Roses 25mm
Mixed Green Open Roses 15mm
Purple/White Cosmos Daisy Flowers
Mixed Purple/Lilac & White Sweetheart Blossoms
Lilac Open Roses 20mm
Raspberry Divine Bakers Twine

dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

A girly birthday card with Bella by Conie Fong

Hello everybody,

Today I'd like to show you a very girly card that I made for my sister in law's birthday with a cute little bear named Bella by Conie Fong.

This is a gatefold card that opens in the middle and closes with the ribbon. You'll find a tutorial on hwo to make a gatefold card HERE, I used different measurements though and I made an extra flap on the bottom to fold up into a pouch. I wanted to go real girly so pink in the coloring and paper and of course gorgeous pink and white flowers and those gorgeous pink crownpins (you'll find links to the products that I've used on the bottom of this post).
A close up of little Bella, colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced. After coloring Bella I saw a picture of Conie Fong's coloring of Bella and noticed that she kept her tummy brown but I colored her to have a balletsuit and I think that looks pretty cute as well :). Not what the artist meant though ;).
A close up of the gorgeous flowers. Trellis roses, magnolias, open roses, rosebuds, fabric daisies, sweetheart blossoms and carnations on this picture and some cherry blossoms and cosmos daisies below.... a girly card has to have pretty flowers.
And finally a close up of the cute little charm with a birthday cake that I added. So cute. Behind the corrugated kraft cardstock is the prettiest ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, glittery organza ribbon. It really is to pretty to hide away behind the corrugated cardstock, I had a hardtime telling myself that it looked pretty enough to not completely show it but it hurt a little bit tucking it away like this.
The inside of the gatefold card. Behind the paper with the roses is a flap for a giftcard or money.

The back of the card with my personal stamp :)
And finally the little pieces Bella was made with. As you can see, frantage and stitches have already been applied to the base piece :).

I'm entering this card into the current challenge at The Ribbon Girl which is Glitz and Dazzle, you'll find more details about this challenge HERE.

Hope you get inspired to do some crafting of your own. My sister in laws birthday is still a few weeks away but I'm ready for it :). Have fun!


Image: Bella by Conie Fong for Sweetpea Stamps
Other stamps: sentiment on the inside is from StampinUp, personal stamp on the back from Whimsy Stamps
Paper: Pink and kraft colored cardstock and corrugated kraft cardstock. Design paper by Pion Design.
Other: Stitches by hand, satin ribbon and dotted ribbon from stash, glittery organza ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, charm from stash, frantage, stickles, feathers from stash.
Materials used from Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pink Tone Paper Trellis Roses 35mm
White Paper Magnolias
Fuschia Pink Paper Open Roses 25mm
Mixed Pink Carnation Flowers
Mixed Pink/White Cosmos Daisy stem flowers
Mixed Pink&White Sweetheart Blossoms
Fuschia Pink Cherry Blossoms
White Fabric Daisies (not in store while I type this but I've linked to the general Fabric Daisies folder)
White 6mm paper rosebuds
Baby Pink Crown Pins
White Self Adhesive Pearls 5mm

woensdag 1 oktober 2014

A small gift for a kind neighbor

Hi everybody!

Today I'd like to show you a little gift that I made for my nextdoor neighbor. She has been kind enough to bring me tomatoes from her garden the past weeks and I thought it'd be a nice gesture to give her a little something to let her know that I really appreciate her kindness. In The Netherlands we have a saying "better a good neighbor then a far away friend" and I think that's true and I really appreciate the good neighbors that we have here.

I made a small cablebox using THIS purchased template and filled it with chocolates. I used Polly from Wee Stamps (digital image/rubber stamp) as I think she's perfect for just about every theme. As always she was colored with Copic Markers and completely 3D paper pieced. I decided to go for a red/blue and white color scheme.
The back of the box with a computer generated sentiment that reads Bedankt which means Thank you in Dutch. I love this flower cluster with all these gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. You'll find links to the different flowers below.
A side view of the Cable box.
And the little pieces the image was made of.

Image: Polly from Wee Stamps available as a digital image and a rubber stamp
Paper: Kraft cardstock, red and white cardstock and Maja Design Life in the Country 6x6 Paper Pad
Template: Gable Box from Cards etc. Shop
Other: Stitches by hand, diamond stickles and golden liquid pearls. Leaves are from a Magnolia die and other dies by Nestabilities.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
White, Ivory & Tan self adhesive pearls 3mm
Navy Blue Open Roses 25mm
Red Open Roses 25mm
White Cosmos Daisies
Baby Blue Sweetheart Blossoms
White Sweetheart Blossoms
Baby Blue Cherry Blossoms
Red Cherry Blossoms (not in store as I type this but be sure to check the general Cherry Blossoms folder on a later date)
Off-White Chrysanthemums

woensdag 24 september 2014

40th Wedding anniversary gift box

Hello everybody,

Today I'd like to show you a box I made for my hubby's aunt and uncle who are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next Saturday. I'm pretty sure they don't follow me on my blog or Facebook so I think it's OK to show it already :).
The image that I used is by a company that's new to me, JustInkLined, it's called Ted and Agnes. I went searching for images and showed a couple to my hubby and a little to my disappointment he kept saying he liked this one best. I had hoped to make a more romantic box and was a little scared of working with this image but since it's his aunt and uncle and he insisted they'd love a funny image I decided that it'd have to be this one. The sentiment is computer generated and in Dutch but probably speaks for itself.
A close up of Ted and Agnes. As always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
A sideview of the box. I have no idea where I bought this box, it's been in my cupboard for a while waiting to be used. Now wish I had another because I think it's perfect for an occasion like this one.
A close up of the pretty Wild Orchid Crafts embellishments.

And the little pieces the image was made of. There were lots of little pieces :). I didn't take down the Copic numbers I'm afraid but if you have a specific question I'm sure I can tell you what Copic markers were used, just let me know.
I hope you like my box but more importantly, I hope the celebrating couple will next Saturday when we give it to them on their party. Have a great day everybody!!

Materials used:
Papers: Lili of the Valley Petal Fresh Paper Pad, Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics, white cardstock
Other: Box from stash, dies all nestabilities, stitches by hand, Diamond and Platinum Stickles, White liquid pearls.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Pastel Tone Paper Apple Blossoms
White Paper Apple Blossoms
Mixed Pastel Tone Paper Magnolias
White Paper Magnolias
White Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Baby Blue Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Ivory Cherry Blossoms
25mm Baby Blue Paper Open Roses
White Pearl Loop Spray Stems
White Guipure Lace (not in stock as I type this post)
White Self Adhesive Pearls 5mm