dinsdag 16 december 2014

Shadowbox with Dyanne by Wee Stamps

Hi everybody!!

Today I have a special project to show you. Last April my friend Sylvia Zet and her husband Michal came to visit us in The Netherlands. When she visited us she brought me the most precious gifts, drawings of my children that she made from pictures I had send her over the past years.

This is the picture Sylvia took of them before framing them for me. As you'll be able to see below each of the portraits she made of my children she drew a Wee figure, based on the personality of my kids. So my oldest daughter Dyanne is the dreamy girl with long hair who can spend hours picking flowers. Amy is my laughing curly haired who likes nothing better then to play with somebody else but has a harder time playing on her own. And Leon is my tough guy who likes real guy things like cars and super heroes :). The Wee figure of Leon is actually based on a picture I send Sylvia of Leon sitting in his miniature Ferrari. As you can imagine these gorgeous portraits are up on my living room wall and are never coming of :). But I told Sylvia that the Wee characters she drew were really way to cute to just have as sketches on my living room wall. I for one would love to use them on cards as well. So earlier this month the images Sylvia drew for Dyanne and Amy were released as rubber stamps and a few days ago also as digital images. The image she drew for Leon will be released soon as well.

Anyway, for my birthday Sylvia send me the rubber stamps of Dyanne and Cuddly Ride (or for a link to the digital versions) (which is the name of Amy's image as there already is an Amy character in the Wee Stamps store) and of course I had to ink one up.
Since Dyanne is my oldest I decided to go with her image first. I have to admit that I started out making a card but then when I was halfway done I was so happy with how it was turning out that I decided to decorate a shadowbox (that I have had in my stash for ages) with it instead. The box was a bit to deep so I filled it with a few layers of cardboard first.
A close up of Dyanne. Purple is Dyanne's favorite color so there had to be purple in the image. Her hair was a bit challenging to paper piece but I like how it turned out.
A sideview of the shadowbox. Dyanne (the original) had decided that this one has to go on the wall in her room so her daddy is going to hang it up for her sometime this week.
To accentuate the whimsical feeling of the image I used my pretty vine dies from Whimsy Stamps and wanted to just add some random flowers in sort of a swirl around the image. I think Wild Orchid Crafts' sweetheart blossoms come closest to the flowers Sylvia drew in the image but also added some roses and cosmos daisies. A few random placed rhinestones did the finishing touch for me :).
The little pieces that I used to create the image.

I hope you like my new project. Sorry for all the text and pictures but like I said, this one is special to me and had to share the story behind it :).


Materials used:
Image: Dyanne by Wee Stamps (rubber/digital image)
Papers: White, orange and craft colored cardstock and a scrap of design paper of which I don't know the name.
Dies and folders: Vines die set by Whimsy Stamps, circle dies by Spellbinders Nestabilities and Cuttlebug Embossing folder for the dotted paper.
Other: Distress ink Frayed Burlap, stitches by hand with help of a paperpiecing tool by Stampin'Up. Stickles Diamand and Platinum. Frantage.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Purple/White Cosmos Dairy Stem Flowers
Mixed Purple/Lilac & White Sweetheart Blossom
Mixed Peach/Orange Open Roses 25mm
White Sweetheart Blossom Flowers
Self Adhesive Rhinestones Lilac
Self Adhesive Rhinestones Purple

donderdag 11 december 2014

Secret Santa project Make it Crafty

Hey everybody!

Last month I entered a Secret Santa swap on the Facebook page of Make it Crafty. I had to make a card for Rita Edwards, a talented fellow crafter who lives in California USA. This is the card I made.
The image that I used is Jinkles the Elf and it's my the first Make it Crafty image that I used.
A close up of Jinkles, as always colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced.
And a close up of the pretty flowers and berries that I used from Wild Orchid Crafts. With my card I enclosed a bag of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a bunch of the berries and pine cones that I used on this card plus a pretty butterfly die by Noor!, hoping that since Noor! is Dutch she wouldn't have that die yet.
And a picture of the little pieces used to create the image.

Hope you like my card and glad to say it finally arrived at Rita Edwards so that I get to show it to you guys. The postal services had me worried for a while because it should have arrived on November 22nd but it never arrived at her house so had to fill in missing package forms. But the parcel turned up again thankfully!!

Hope you have a great day or what's left of it (in my case).


Materials used:
Image: Jinkles Elf digi stamp by Make it Crafty
Papers: White and red cardstock and an older design paper line from Basic Grey
Other: Stitches by hand, distress ink Frayed Burlap, Diamond Stickles, Stardust Stickles with Viva Eiskristall on top.
From Wild Orchid Crafts:
Mixed Red Tone Trellis Roses 40mm
White Open Roses 25mm
Mixed Red Tone Hip Rosebuds
White Hip Rosebuds
White Self Adhesive Pearls 5mm
Star Shaped White Pearl beads
Red Christmas Berry Spray with Pine Cones and Holly Leaves

zondag 7 december 2014

Lullaby for SisterArt Creation

Hello everybody!

I purchased some gorgeous chipboard shapes from a Facebook-store named SisterArt Creation a while back. You may remember that I have already used some of them on these two creations "Snowflake Dancer", "Wish upon a Star" and "Well Rounded Thank You". The company is owned by two sisters, one in Indonesia and one in Germany. They have photoalbums full of shapes to choose from, if you want one or more of them just leave your name under the picture and Merry, the sister in Germany, will contact you. Merry asked me a while back if I wanted to be their guest designer for December and naturally I said yes. This is a card I created for them.
The pretty image that I used is Lullaby by my sweet friend Sylvia Zet from Wee Stamps. She's available as a digital image directly through Wee Stamps HERE and as a rubber stamp through Whimsy Stamps HERE (it's sold out in rubber as I type this but knowing Denise from Whimsy it'll be back in store soon enough). I used three beautiful flourishes and the Merry Christmas sentiment by SisterArt Creation. The flourishes received a coating of Inka Gold golden and the Merry Christmas sentiment was painted using a white paint dabber by Tim Holtz.

A close up of Lullaby, colored with Copic Markers and 3D paper pieced. The snow on the branch got a bit of fluffy paint on it to give it a real snow effect. And the hair and wings have some glitter.
One of the corners of the card with the pretty flourish by Sister Art creation and of course pretty Wild Orchid Craft flowers. I cut this flourish in pieces to make it look like a corner. The chipboard is of a very good quality and will let you cut and paint it very well.
And the little pieces Lullaby was made with :).

Hope you like my latest Christmas creation. I loved working on this one. And hope you'll take a look at the gorgeous chipboards from SisterArt Creation. Have fun!!!


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.

Copic Markers used:
Purple rose and accents to shoes: V25 (just a really tiny bit), V22 (again just bits), V20, BV0000, CB
Purple clothes: V28, V25, V22, V20 and when that was dry over that with V17, V15, V12 and V0000
Bear: E55, E53, E50, E0000, CB
Inner ear: R22, R20, R00 and then when that was dry a bit of W1, W0 and W00

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