Monday, 27 February 2017

Snailmail Mini Album

You may remember that I did a video about the Oh Happy Day Card Kit last year. It is such a cute box full of different sized cards in fresh, fun colours and prints. Already then I was thinking that it would be great to make a mini album with some of the cards and stickers. And last week I finally got around to it. I am a big fan of snailmail: writing fun, decorated letters to penpals around the world. I've had one penpal in Denmark for over 30 years now and we have been sending each other photo-booklet snail mail for several years now. She's a very creative lady so I thought she would appreciate this:

To make one of these yourself gather the following supplies:

- Different sized double cards
- Pockey tool
- Some thread
- Needle
- Stickers and embellishments
- Stamps and inks: I used Staz On and you can also use Tsukineko Brilliance ink to stamp on photos, esspecially home printed pictures.
- Photos printed in different sizes
- Temporary adhesive (I uses a Pritt temporary adhesive runner but you could also use a bit of Washi Tape)
- Adhesive (I used Stampin' Up! Fine Tip Glue Pen and Snail Tape runner)

Start by picking out some cards and putting them together. I picked a strong black and white pattern for the outside, mixed the sizes on the inside and also added and envelope. I plan to write on the white sides and put pictures on the patterned pages. Have a think about how many pictures to put and where so you know what to print and at which size. I use photo shop elements to combine different sized pictures on one sheet of A4 photopaper to print. You could also use a layout app to put different photos and print from that. Or just cut to size your ordered 4 x 6 inch prints.

Hold them together and using your pokey tool make several holes in the spine. I did 3 holes for a 6 inch high booklet. If your booklet is bigger you could make more holes. Then sew the cards together with some thread. I finished on the outside of the spine and left a good lenght of thread after I knotted it off. I want to hang something on it later.

When you have your booklet sewn together start thinking about what embellishments would go well on which page. I have found that if I start with the pictures and words I have a hard time finding the right embellishments and things start taking too long. So I use some temporary adhesive to tack them into place before I add pictures. I usually end up moving stuff around when I do the pictures but I know roughly what I have to play with.

When you are happy with your photos and embellishments you can write your letter. I did not have enough room to say everything so I stuffed another two pages into the little envelope:-)

Round off with extra embellishments and craft a fun envelope to send it on its way.

Happy letter writing people!



Monday, 23 January 2017

Tonic Studios January Challenge: win a set of 12 NUVO Mousses

Hi everyone!

I have some exciting news to share with you: I have been asked to join the Tonic Studios Challenge Blog Design Team and I said yes! Of course:-)

This Monthly Challenge is held at:

And each month there are several categories to choose from and you have a chance at winning a prize. Now, being on the regular stamping design team I had already found out how generous they are so it is no suprise that they sponsor the challenge blog with some great prizes as well. This month you can win a set of 12 colours of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse:

This is a sample picture. Exact colours on the Challenge Blog

So to take part you need to make a new card using at least one Tonic Studios product (die, stamp, drops etc.) that fits the theme and get them onto the Challenge Blog. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Make a blog post about your make and link this post at the bottom of the Monthly Challenge.
  2. If you do not have a blog you can post your picture on a specific Challenge Facebook Page. The administrators there will upload your picture for you. 
All info on joining is here:

January's Challenge is:

Take Your Pick

There’s a list of options and you can choose any of the options. You can also combine some of the options if you want. There’s a colour option, a technique option, a product option and a theme option.

And this month they are:
  1. Colour - open so please feel free to use any colour/s you want
  2. Technique - layering – so nice and easy
  3. Product – any Tonic Studios strip or border die or punch
  4. Theme – love and marriage (Valentine’s Day :-)
I decided to go with the Colour Challenge:

I made the background using Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolor Brush Pens on watercolour paper. I squeezed a few drops of colour from 3 colours onto a clear stamping block and then pushed the block onto a piece of watercolour paper that I had sprayed with a bit of water:

The butterfly is from the Roccoco Laura Butterfly die and stamp set. I coloured it in with the Aqua Flow Markers before cutting it out and then placed it on a second die cut butterfly in black to create some contrast.

I also added a few sequins and some glossy accents drops:

Really love how fresh and modern this looks.

I hope you can join in or at least go and check out all the fabulous entries there for inspiration. Winners are picked on February 14th, 2017 so get your entries in there well before that.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wintry Birthday Wishes

Hello there! And a Happy New Year!

It's 2017 and I am rearing to go. I'll start things off with some wintry cards I made just before Christmas using some new Tonic Studios Sentiment Dies: Birthday Wishes and Sent with Love.

For the backgrounds I mixed three of my favourite Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Broken China and Seedless Preserves. Then I stamped a snowflake background (Hero Arts) onto it in Embossing ink and heat embossed with Stampin' Up! Irridescent Ice to give it some sparkle. Lastly I die cut both sentiments twice: once in white and once in black. I then stacked the white sentiment onto the black sentiment so that it overlapped a bit to create a shadow effect to make the sentiment stand out more. And then I adhered them to a thick cardstock base and sent them off to their new homes!

Thanks for dropping by and hope I inspired you to go and make something yourself.



Saturday, 22 October 2016

Thankful Thoughts for the Colouring Challenge

Hi everyone!

My entry for the Pinkies Colouring Challenge is open for voting together with lots of other beautiful colouring techniques. Please visit Michelle's blog to vote for your Top 3 by clicking the heart in the Top right corner.

I thought I'd share these Thank You cards with you:
Colour in your stamps using sponge daubers and dye ink.

I made them for our Pinkies Team Challenge over at Michelle Last's blog. The theme of the challenge was:


One of the ways I like to colour in my stamps is by using sponge daubers:

For these cards I picked three colours that blend nicely: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo. I then applied them (lightest tot darkest colour) to the Thank You So Much stamp from the Thankful Thoughts set:

Then you "breath" on them to moisten them a bit and stamp! Mat onto Gold Foil Sheet and adhere to your card base with some dimensionals. That's it. Fun and simple! I hope you have a go yourself.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Vintage Leaves - Like leaves on a tree the ideas are plentiful

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that as soon as you join you become part of a great group of crafty ladies (and some gents even!). And they all love crafting just as much as you. And they are always up for sharing their knowledge with you. So when I moved to Portishead from Amsterdam one of the first things I did was to see what demonstrators there were in the Bristol area and get to know them. One of these lovely ladies, Jan from Plentiful Crafting,  has been so good about letting me join all of her Coffee 'n Card sessions so I got to meet some more crafty peeps in the area and I got to learn some new things.

Last Saturday I went to a full day card making workshop at The Home Crafters in Yate Shopping Center. This wonderful crafty place is full of hand made items from an array of crafts men and women. We were there to make Autumn Cards. And Jan had prepared 6 different cards for us to make and they were all different and all stunning so I thought I would share them with you here so you too could be inspired to make a whole stack of Autumn cards:

Stampin Up Vintage Leaves Stamps

This first one is simple elegance and I love the colours we used. We stamped the Vintage Leaves stamps in Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango on some Very Vanilla cardstock and matted that onto an Early Espresso card base. Finishing it off with a small sentiment and some enamel shapes.

This colurful beauty used one of the Stampin' Up!'s eldest still available stamp set: Lovely as a Tree. We stamped just oak leave in several different colours on some Very Vanilla cardstock. Matting that on a piece of Garden Green cardstock which is then mounted on a Delightful Dijon base. Finishing it off with a sentiment on an oval die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits. Colours used here were Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, Sweet Sugarplum and Tangerine Tango.

Thirdly we made a card using the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Doing a bit of sponging in Crumb Cake to bring out the tree trunks. Then stamping some small leaves from Lovely as a Tree and decorating with some wood veneer pieces. I have not added a sentiment yet. Not sure whom I will send this to.

Now this just looks so very chic! And it really only uses two colours: Crumb Cake and Delightful Dijon. We started by stamping the Vintage Leaves in Crumb Cake onto the middle Crumb Cake panel and also stamping one leave in Crumb Cake and one in Delightful Dijon to then run through a die cutting machine using the Leaflets Framelits. Adhered the Crumb Cake panel to a piece of Delightful Dijon and tied some lace and some ribbon across the front of them. We stamped a sentiment on some Very Vanilla and adhered it to the right half of the front panel making sure you could still see a little bit of the Crumb Cake panel peeking out. And then adhered the die cut leaves and added a bow on top. Full diclosure: that piece of ribbon was tied into a knot and then put onto the leaves, we tried tying it around the stems but that just doesn't look so good:-)

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better we were making this card! Don't you just love the vibrant colours set off against the dark background? I do! So to make this yourself you first stamp the Hardwood background stamp onto some Crumb Cake cardstock using Tip Top Taupe ink. You then sponge the edges with Crumb Cake. You then stamp the Vintage Leaves on Rose Red, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Card stock and cut them out the Leaflets Framelits dies. Stamp a sentiment on top of the Hardwood background in Chocolat Chip ink and attach the leaves down the side.

So Jan totally saved the best for last. This wood panel card is just stunning! It takes a bit of time to make but I reckon it's worth it. You start by embossing a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder. You then take a sponge dauber and sponge some Early Espresso Ink onto some of the vertical seams between the bricks. You then get out your Aquapainter and some Sahara Sand Ink and start covering your entire piece of cardstock with a watery layer of Sahara Ink. This then needs to fully dry. So in the mean time you can stamp and die cut your Vintage Leaves and sentiment. When your background is dry you stamp the Hardwood Background stamp onto it using Early Espresso Ink. Then adhere the leaves and sentiment using some dimensionals. 

So how about that for a great day of crafting? If you'd like to do this some time please go to Jan's Facebook page: Plentiful Crafting and check out all here events. I know there is another full day of Christmas Card making at The Home Crafters scheduled for next month. And there will be a Coffee and Card at the Chief Trading Post in Bristol this coming Wednesday. I love going there as well.

Main products used:

Hardwood Background Stamp

Vintage Leaves Stamp Set
Leaflets Framelits Dies

Lovely as a Tree

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You can find all supplies and more in my Stampin' Up! webshop, just click on the 'Shop Now' Banner at the top.

I can sell to any European country where Stampin' Up! is active: United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria. If you are in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia or New Zealand you can contact a local demonstrator and they will be happy to help you.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Getting sidetracked by a scarecrow - Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set and Punch

Halloween Cookie Cutter Stamp set and Punch

So last week I decided to get cracking on Halloween Treats. I had checked with one of the neighbours and YES they do Halloween here. I then checked how many kids would come by... 50! So let's not leave this till the last minute and break out my new Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set and the matching Cookie Cutter Punch:

 This set has 4 cute gingerbread shaped "characters": A skeleton, a mummy, Dracula jr and....a scarecrow. And it is this scarecrown that got me totally side tracked. I just had to colour him in and then I just had to make some cards with him:-)

I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour him in. These are dual tipped markers in the same colours as the Stampin' Up! dye inks and match the cardstock perfectly. I did a version on Whisper White (below) and one on Crumb Cake cardstock. I like both but I think the Crumb Cake background gives it just that little bit more of "scarecrow" feel if I imagine that they are made from old burlap bags:-)

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Halloween Birthday Card

And now I still have to make those Halloween treats:-) Wish me luck...and focus:-)

Anybody else doing handmade Halloween Treats? Let me know what you're doing. I'd love to hear.



Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Vintage Leaves and Serene Scenery Paper Stack - Match Made in Heaven?

You may remember that I was determined to use up my Serene Scenery Paper Stack (see this blogpost from August) and I am happy to report I have found another good match! Last week after I had been making my Hardwood Maple Leave card. I had die cut quite a few different leaves and had stamped them as well but didn't use them for that project so they were lying on my craft desk when I said down to make some Project Life cards with the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. Only I never got around to Project Life because I realized I could do something fab if I combined one of the papers from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack with my die cut Vintage Leaves:

Vintage Leaves and Serene Sceneries Patterned Paper

Love how this turned out. The multi-coloured leaves were made by sponging different colours of ink onto my Vintage Leaves stamps using sponge daubers. I love how daubers give a light layer of colour and you get a  gradual blend of colours. I made sure to start with the lighter colours first and green last so I wouldn't get any dark Garden Green in my Delightful Dijon:-)

Vintage Leaves - Leaves Framelits Dies - Serene Scenery Paper Stack

Supplies used:

You can find all supplies and more in my Stampin' Up! webshop:

My offer to refund you your P&P for orders placed over € 60/£50 with me is valid until Dec. 31st 2016. After you have placed and paid for your order just send me an e-mail:

Alternatively you can also e-mail me your order at

I can sell to any European country where Stampin' Up! is active: United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria. If you are in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia or New Zealand you can contact a local demonstrator and they will be happy to help you.