17 May, 2017

Sparkling cards

Hi and happy Wednesday,

Today I'm sharing with you two cards I made using two lovely quote stamps by Visible Image:

I wanted the quote to be the main focus of the card, so I kept the other embellishments to minimum. For the background I used soft pink liquid watercolor that I applied in several layers, drying each layer with my heat gun before applying the next layer of water and/or colour.

Once the background was ready I stamped the quote. The 'Smile Sparkle Shine' text I created some highlights with an embossing pen, added gold embossing powder, and heat set the powder with my heat gun.

Usually I decorate the watercoloured background with some pattern stamping, but this time I wanted to add more golden shimmer. I sprinkled a bit of the same embossing powder around the stamped quote, and heat set the powder by heating it from underneath. Blowing it from top would have blown the powder away as it was loose on the paper.

The only decoration element was a simple die-cut frame I covered with embroidery yarn. Wrapping the yarn around the paper frame took a while, but I just love the end result! Once the entire frame was covered I glued the frame on the card front.

These cards were really simple and fun to make. Hope they inspire you, too!

For more information on the lovely Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a nice week. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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12 May, 2017

Card for May TIMI: Fabulous girls

May Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge started a week ago, but there's still plenty of time to enter. "Anything goes", as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.
If you're looking for project inspiration I suggest you have a look at the list of gorgeous colourful entries that have already been linked to the challenge. Just follow *this link*!

For my May inspiration card I used another stamp by Art Impressions. I just love them! This time the gorgeous girls enjoyed a sunny day at the beach:

The main image is built from stamped and coloured layers:

First I stamped the image on white paper, and coloured the skin tones with my Promarers. Also the wine glas got some red on it.

Then I started working on the beach chairs. I stamped the same image on a piece of red cardstock, cut out the tiny chair pieces, and glued on top of the stamped image.

Then I used the marker pens again for colouring the girls' hairs. I stamped the swimsuits, earrings and hats on coloured leftover paper pieces, cut out with my crafting knife, and glued the pieces on the stamped image.

Once the glue was dry I added some shadows on the swimsuits.

There were many tiny pieces to cut and glue, but maybe the most challenging part was to fussy cut the entire main image. Especially the chairs had many truly detailed and thin parts!

For the beach background I used pieces of brown, yellow and blue papers. Before gluing down the main image I created some white clouds on the background sky with white acrylic paint. Once the glue was dry I added some shading on the sand, again using my Promarkers.

Aren't the girls just fabulous!

Such a fun card project to make!

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Happy crafting!

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10 May, 2017

Mother's day card with soft pastel tones

Mother's day is soon here, and this year my mother will receive a spring themed card with soft pastel tones:

For this card I used some leftover cardstock pieces in pink, kraft, and mint. I stamped the image a few times, cut the pieces out, and re-assembled the image on my card front.

I hope she'll like the card!
For more information and a full list of supplies used please visit Imagine blog (follow *this link*)

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by in my blog,
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05 May, 2017

Friends for life!

It's the first Friday of May which means that a new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge has started. Again, 'anything goes', so entering is very easy. Just have a quick look into the challenge guidelines and get crafty!
One lucky winner will get this wonderful set of stamps from our generous sponsor, Imagine Design Create:

 My take on the May challenge is a friendship themed stamped card:

It's a thank you card for my friend, who is hosting a get-together evening in a few weeks time. It's going to be an evening filled with laughter and joy; we're a group of four women who have been really close friends since early childhood years. We're truly friends for life, and I'm so much looking forward to that evening together!

The background for this card is stamped and coloured with watercolours.
Main image is from Art Impressions 'Girlfriends' collection (Picture Perfect), coloured with Promarkers.

I'm wishing you a nice weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

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03 May, 2017

Love Deeper: Three cards

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
This month Visible Image started a new series of monthly challenges in their Facebook group. Playing along is easy; get inspired by the monthly theme, take out your Visible Image stamps and start creating! Upload your project to the May challenge album, and you might be the lucky winner of a £40 gift card in Visible Image online store! How cool is that!

May theme is 'Express Yourself'

My take on the May challenge is a set of three cards:

For all these three cards I used my favourite quote stamp, 'Laugh Louder'. The basic design is somewhat similar on these cards, but I used the same stamp in 3 different way.

On this first card I stamped the quote with black ink on a red Distress Paint coloured background. The lovely red texture did not require too many other elements to be added, so I just placed two die-cut flower stems on the sides.

On the second card the quote is stamped with two inks. I did not use any masking, but applied the ink on each word using a small ink pad (Tsukineko Memento Dew Drops). There's just enough distance between the words so you can ink each line separately without mixing the colours.

The third card is a small ATC. I wanted to use only the last two lines of the quote, so I masked the above lines with a post-it note before stamping. The background is a leftover piece from my first card.

I hope you get inspired to play along. Many of the Visible Image quotes are just perfect for this month's theme, and I guess the most difficult part will be the choosing between your favourites!

For more information on the lovely Visible Image quote stamps I used, please click on the picture below:

Wishing you a nice week. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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19 April, 2017

Colourful tags: Greatest Journey

Hi and happy Wednesday!
Today I'm sharing with you two colourful tags that I made over the wonderful long weekend:

This time I did not use ready made manila tags but die-cut the size 8 tags myself. Actually I cut both tags twice; once from solid purple paper and once from a colourful paper I had inked with Distress Oxide inks. Oh how I love playing with those!

Whenever I'm working on a colourful background I like to use some contrasting black and white elements that really make the vivid colours pop. Using the fun 'Visometry' stamp set by Visible Image I stamped the same geometrical shape several times on a white paper, coloured the triangles with black and grey markers and cut out. It's always fun to find new ways for using your favourite stamps!

In addition to the Distress Oxide layers I created more background patterns with Visible Image 'Scripted Streets' stamp. The tiny black splashes are black ink.

The word stamps are from Visible Image 'Destination Unknown' stamp set. Again I mixed and matched the quotes in a new way; love that creative puzzle play!

I did not use any dimenstional elements on the tags, so both of them are thin which makes them perfect bookmarks, too. I think that the quote text is matching that use; when you have a good book in your hand you know that a great adventure always lies ahead!

For more information on the lovely Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a nice week. Many thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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16 April, 2017

Art Journal: Beautiful Greenery

When browsing through fashion magazines or shopping catalogues I like to collect pictures of models for using them on my art journal pages. In the finished projects the images look often very different from the original pictures; I fussy cut the models, glue them on backgrounds I have created, and paint and draw over the pictures. Witnessing that transformation happening on my art journal page is always so fascinating!

For the background of this page I used two green pigment inks (Tsukineko Memento Luxe) and a Carabelle Studio stencil. Before starting the inking I fixed the stencil on the art journal page with masking tape; that way the stencil stays firmly on it's place.

Ink could have been applied directly from the ink pad on the stencil, but with paint dabber I was able to have more control over the ink.

Then I fussy cut my main image and glued it on the page. Once the glue was dry I colored the dress with a thin layer of green translucent ink, and created fun highlights with yellow ink in the model's hair (All-Purpose Inks by Tsukineko: Spring Green and Lemon Yellow).

Finding new ways for using my stamps is another thing I like to do. For this project I could not find a leaf stamp small enough, so I used a Carabelle stamp set that had angel wings in it (same stamp set than I used for *this* card). I stamped the wings on green cardstock, and made some shadowing with light grey marker. Then I cut the leaves out. And yes, there were many (!!) of them.

I think that the hard work payed off; I think those feathers look very much like spring green leaves.

And here's my finished page:

Hope this inspires you to look at your supplies with fresh eyes; I'm sure you'll find many creative ways to using them on your projects!

Here's a list of supplies I used:

Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Pistachio
All-Purpose Ink – Spring Green, Lemon Yellow
One Point Glue (for gluing the leaves)
Memento – Tuxedo Black

Pieces of green paper
Gel medium (for gluing down the fussy cut model picture)
Grey markers (for shadowing the stamped leaves)
Black watercolor pen (for shadowing the main image)
Stencil – Carabelle Studio
Stamps – Carabelle Studio (leaves/angel wings), Wycinanka (background pattern)

Have a nice day!
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Travel Memories: NYC

Today I'm sharing with you a 12" scrapbook layout I made some time ago, using the vibrant Fireworks! mists by Imagine for the background:

For the title I printed the same picture twice; first I printed the skyscraper view on white vellum, and then a second time on glossy photo paper. I glued the large chipboard letters on the back of the glossy photo paper (letter front side against the back of the photo), and cut out. The vellum print was the same size than the photo paper print, so I placed the photo covered letters on the exact same spots. I think that effect looks quite nice!

The NYC silhouette is cut from black cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I found the image on the web, imported it into Silhouette Studio, modified a bit, and cut out. For gluing down the skyline I used the Imagine One Point glue that is just perfect for gluing down detailed pieces.

For the entire supply list please visit Imagine blog *here*.

Wishing you a nice Easter weekend!
Thanks for stopping by,
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14 April, 2017

April Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge: Robot card

Hi and Happy Easter!
Craft Stamper April Take It Make It challenge is ongoing, but there's still plenty of time to enter. Our lovely sponsor Visible Image has put up a prize truly worth playing for, so I suggest you take out your stamps and get crafty!
All challenge details can be viewed here, and more inspiration from our talented DT is here. Amazing projects, aren't they!

My second take on the April challenge is a card that my son asked me to make for his friend's birthday:

The background was inked with yellow and brown Distress inks; first I created a grid mask on the background with masking tape. My tape was really sticky, so for making the tape bit less sticky I dabbed the strips on a kitchen towel before placing on the card. That way I was able to remove the strips easier without worrying about tearing the card front.

First I used a brownk ink (Vintage Photo), then removed the strips, and inked the white areas with yellow colour (Dried Marigold). When finished I plashed water on the inked surface and stamped black text patterns here and there. My coloured image did not have too much white on it, so I added white paper strips on the background; a little bit of white and/or black always make your colours pop!

For colouring the image I used my Promarkers (they just work the best for me). As last finishing touch I glued down the robot eyes, two small washers :)

The card was approved by my son, hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by,
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