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Scrapbooking layout: Creative mind


Hope your weekend has been nice.

13 Arts February 2021 release contained several interesting and inspiring paper collections. When browsing through the sets I noted immediately that 'Young and Free' looked quite different than the more traditional watercolour/floral themed sets (which are beautiful but represent more the customary 13 Arts style). So I purchased two sets; you never know from which papers you want to use both sides, so having the sets as double solves the issue!

The set comes with an embellishment sheet for fuzzy cutting; I ended up using almost all elements (more was more!) and created a bold crazy collage. Oh, that was fun!

The style of the page is not what I usually do, but trying something new was really enjoyable. Hope you like it, too!

Wishing you a nice day, thanks for stopping by in my blog!

Five scrapbooking layouts - many wonderful crative moments


Hi and happy new week!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of 12" scrapbook pages I have made recently. Not all of them are that special, but they all served the purpose very well: Creating the layouts provided me moments to chill out, to enjoy the creative flow, and to play with beautiful colours, pattered papers and lovely embellishments. Wonderful!

I also used large cut files by Paige Taylor Evans. So fun to work with!

 Also some watercolours and sweet pastel tones...


Some more rose colours and fuzzy-cut butterflies (supplies from Hit Kit Club set)

For balancing the pink cuteness I needed also some more rough patterns and darker colours (paper a Mima Molina /ABstudion design):

The pages are all very different but all yet very 'me'. True 'happy moment projects'!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Hungarian-American psychologist, who recognised and named the psychological concept of  'flow', a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity. He described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."

I know exactly what he's talking about. This is what papercrafting means to me.


Thanks for stopping by in my blog,


Let's celebrate! with Janet Klein designs


Hi and happy Sunday!

I've been playing a lot with my gel plate lately, creating patterned papers to be used for fun card backgrounds. This time I combined my playful red prints with Janet Klein stamps by AALL&Create. I've been a fan of her designs for a long time, and have quite a nice collection of her digital stamps. It's wonderful that those lovely girl images are now also available as stamps, too!


As usual, I stamped and coloured several images on one go. In addition to the card I made a set of ATC's. The party girls on the bottom row are on gel printed backgrounds and for the ATC trio on the top I used a brown cardstock I had used for cleaning my paint brush (never waist any paint, LOL!)

The stamp sets used: 'Party With Me' and 'Coffee Time'.
Janet Klein / Vera Lane Studio digital stamps are available *here*

These lovely images are fun to colour and they are perfectly sized for both cards and ATC's. Such happy characters!

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Bold sayings and two techniques: Fun birthday cards


Today I wanted to share with you a set of birthday cards I made using the new Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set 'Bold Sayings' (CMS433).

For the first two cards I used the old embossing diffuser technique in which parts of the embossing folder are left without pressure and the embossing folder pattern is printed only partly. Perfect technique for creating lovely frames for your cards!

My existing Sizzix/Tim Holtz diffuser plates did not have the needed shape nor size for the bold word stamps, so I created my own frame diffuser plate by gluing down three layers of chipboard strips. I checked that the thickness of the frame was quite the same than what the original diffusor plate has. You don't want to make your embossing sandwich too thick!
The center of the frame is measured to match the birthday wishes stamp exactly 😊.

On the first card I also stamped some texture to the background using the new gear stamp from 'Observations' set. The second floral frame card I just inked to reveal the embossed frame pattern.

Once I had finished inking the frame I placed the card on the stamping platform and stamped the text with black Archival. 

The second card set is made in 'CAS - clean and simple' style but with more colours: 

I placed the stamp and the cardstock on the stamping platform and starting from top I masked and inked one row at a time, using different Distress Oxide colours. I love how bright and vibrant those colours are even on a craft colour cardstock!

 While inking I used standard post-it notes for masking the remaining lines.


Once finished I cleaned the ink from the stamp and stamped the text one more time using clear embossing ink. I heat embossed the text with clear embossing powder to create a nice shiny finish on the text.

Before gluing down the card front I splashed some white paint on the card.

I'm so happy to see how lovely but yet different these cards look! One can never have too many birthday cards in stash, right?

Hope these techniques inspire to create your own set of cards. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!


Magical surprises: Card and ATC


Stamping masking technique is a fun way to create stamped collages by combining and merging several stamps into one artwork. No special supplies are needed, only a few Post-it note sheets for the self-made masks. Post-it notes are handy for this technique as the sticky edge keeps the mask nicely in place. However, also regular scrap paper can very well be used.

First I stamp the main images on the Post-it notes and cut out. Main images are the ones that appear in the front of the card/tag.

Then I stamp the main images on the card background. I cover the stamped images with the self-made masks and ink and decorate the background with stencils. With the masks still in place I stamp the background patterns and once finished I remove the masks.

I usually colour the main images after stamping. This time I used colour pencils for colouring.

All these stamps are included in a lovely Carabelle Studio set 'Etude #1: Femme & Oiseau'. More info available on Carabelle Studio web site:

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a nice day!