Saturday, 15 April 2017

Win & Tonic April Challenge: Stripe Inlay using the Best Friends die

Hello there!
I have some Spring inspiration for you and another change to win some fab Tonic Studios Goodies by taking part in the Tonic & Win Challenge this month.

The themes this month are:

Colour - think Spring, so anything pastel, greens, whatever makes you think of this season
Technique - make an Easter Treat box or bag or gift
Product – any basic shape die
Theme – open theme so any occasion
You can take one of the themes above and you need to use at least one Tonic Studios product. Make sure you have your entry posted by May 13th to be considered for a price. You can add it to the blog or post it on the Win & Tonic Monthly Challenge Facebook page.

I decided to go with the Spring Colours theme and made this Striped Cardstock Inlay card with the Tonic Studios Miniature Moments Best Friends die.

I learned this inlay technique from one of Jennifer McGuire's YouTube videos. I just used up some leftover cardstock in fresh spring colours and cut them into different size strips using my Tonic Studios 8" Guillotine. I then applied that to a piece of adhesive paper.

You can then die cut the sentiment, making sure you keep the inside bits of the letters. You die cut the sentiment one more time from regular white cardstock. You then adhere another piece of adhesive sheet right behind the die cut "window", this will allow you to put the white die cut into the striped piece. And then you can pop in the inner bits and pieces as well.

I then cut the who striped piece down a bit and matted on a piece of copper card. I adhered all that onto a white card blank.

Love how it turned out!

Hope you have fun in the challenge yourself. Make sure you check out all the other inspiration on the blog.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Tonic Studios launch Belle Boutique at Hochanda

People, do I have something lovely to share with you! Tonic Studios is launching some new stamps on Hochanda today (available in the UK, US and The Netherlands:-). They are the Belle Boutique rubber stamps: 3 individual ladies in beautiful gowns and 1 couple dancing. 

They are about 12-13 cm (~4  inches) high and have a brush pen sketched look. It really reminded me of a French Boutique full of designer balll gowns so I set about making a that:

I had to do a good bit of fuzzy cutting, particularly for the open backed dress and put some acetate behind it for support. But I am so happy with the result.

I stamped the ladies on some thick white cardstock ( I Use Stampin' Up! Thick Whisper White), coloured in the dresses with the Nuvo Brush Script pens and added details with the new Glitter Markers. These are just fab and will also be launched today.

Making the card base took a good bit of measuring but it worked out in the end. The scissors at the bottom hold the front up. If you want to send the card off flat you can just fold it flat.

The measuring tape is some washi tape I had in my stash. The Blush Gold card base is from Tonic Studios and the Patterned Paper is some scrapbooking paper I had in my stash. 

I made 2 more cards that I'll share on my Instagram later as well but I hope you can check out the show. There should be some fab inspiration on there from my fellow design team members.

The first show today airs at 5 PM UK time but there will be more shows and you can always watch the last 7 days worth of shows at your leisure. But they might be sold out by then:-)

In the UK you can find Hochanda at:
  • SKY 663 (24/7)
  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)
  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • From the 1st of February you can watch in Netherlands on SBS9 every morning at 8am, for 3 hours.

  • 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.

    All products used for this project can be found in my shop. Just click on the 'Shop Now' Banner at the top.

    Alternatively you can also e-mail me your order at

    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:

    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.

    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

    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

    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.