Freedom horse

A card made for my oldest sister, who had her birthday a few days ago:Daqadoodles150111zo10392896

Van verschillende sites:

Het schattige zeepaardje staat voor plezier. Deze zul je uiteraard op straat niet tegenkomen, maar wel in dromen. Het zeepaardje gebruikt de kracht van het dansen, heeft het vermogen zich staande te houden tijdens emotionele momenten en geeft regelmatig nakomelingen. Je kunt dit dus ook met vruchtbaarheid linken.

Het zeepaardje staat symbool voor vaderschap en zorg, vrijheid en sierlijkheid. Ook staat het zeepaardje symbool voor een andere kijk op het leven; nieuwe emoties.

Zeepaardje – Inzicht, vrijheid, magische krachten, geneeskracht, mannelijke zachte kracht met vrouwelijke sterke kracht balans hiertussen, helderziendheid

From various sites:

The adorable seahorse means fun. You won’t see this animal on street, but you can see encounter it in dreams. The seahorse uses the power of dancing, and has the ability to be strong during emotional moments and gives offspring regularly, so there is a link with fertility.

The seahorse symbolises fatherhood and care, freedom and elegancy. It also is a symbol for a different look on life; new emotions.

Seahorse – Insight, freedom, magical powers, healingpowers, a balance between male gentile power and female strong power, clearvoyance.

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(I missed a letter with the embossing, added it before taking the other two pictures).

This is my first entry for the chocolate baroque colour challenge #6.

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I allready had made the background a while ago while playing with yellow and blue bister. As I wanted a card with a seahorse, I chose this one and coloured it first with distress ink, then again a bit with caran d’ache neo colours. Those crayons have very good coverage, which helps make the colour more vibrant. But it also dulls the black lines of the stamped image : /

I didn’t just want to add a “happy birthday” line, since I’m not sure if it’s a happy birthday (her daughter had a severe accident a while ago). She became 40. A year ago she ofcourse had imagined her 40th birthday very different. She uses the seahorse herself, made wetfelted seahorses as they have a special meaning to her now.

This is a video of an exposition of some of her work in October.

Here is the video embedded, though it doesn’t always seem to work:

 

 

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AWOL – where have I been?

(Scroll down to see a gallery of about 30 previously unposted cards!)

Well, I’ve been busy again, with lots except cardmaking.

I sent half my relatives&friends christmascards after 4th of January (maybe a handfull got them in time as I brought those with me, but hadn’t finished the rest yet). The other half of the relatives&friends didn’t get a card. Who did or did not get a card was kind of random, I had printed out the adresses on stickers, and just took a card, scanned the list to see who would match with the card, of the other way around.

Before that I was busy with christmas, buying a house, renovating our appartment to put it up for sale, and being pregnant again. I still am, don’t worry, but the most tiring weeks are over, I don’t crash in bed at 20:30hrs anymore. The appartment isn’t up for sale yet, there are still a few renovation works to be done and to be honest, I want to move out before we put it up for sale, as I just don’t want the stress of getting the house in a showroom kind of state, with all sorts of stuff tucked away (where??) and the kids toys not all over the place, and everything clean and spotless. Not to mention, taking the bigger stuff out of the house (oh and the kids) when there would be visitors, things like the stroller(s). So, we’ve also been planning the moving, and some renovations / freshening up in the new house. It doesn’t look like crafting time anytime soon, my crafting stuff is too efficiently tucked away to take it out. (Well, I can get to it, it’s not in boxes, but it’s spread in 3 cupboard which are not near eachother. And as it takes up quite some time, I rather not start crafting untill after I’ve moved.)

I still had lots of unposted cards, so I’ll show you now in almost random order.

Most used stamps: Chocolate Baroque and Design by Ryn.

Most used materials: Distress ink and Caran D’ache (or was it arche?) Neon colors.

Most used technique: stamping (duh), masking, sponging. Some dry and heat embossing as well, and some dies are used.

You’ll see all pictures in the slideshow gallery first, beneath that is the thumbnail gallery. Most cards deserve a bit more spotlight though, as ofcourse details get lost on thumbnail size images :P. Maybe I”ll show them full size in a post another time.

Want to know more details about used materials or how I did it? Just ask, I am be happy to answer!

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You are the best

You are the best

You are the best

Quite a simple card, but one that needed to be made. One of my best friends got seriously ill. She lives 3 hrs away now so I can’t visit her easily. At that time she couldn’t have visitors, but I felt so powerless, so far away. And I was so thankfull for her partner! He’s such a great guy. I can’t imagine how it would have been if she didn’t have him. I still get teary eyes when thinking about it. I wanted to thank him, although I’ve spoken to him on the phone and told him my appreciation, that wasn’t enough. I had made cards for my friend, but he too deserved a card. Words can’t describe how grateful I am that he is her partner. This stamp came close though.

I always find it hard to make masculine cards, as I don’t think every card for a man should involve transportation or beer or sex. They can have flowers and “emotional/delicate” stuff too. It’s just how you present it. I didn’t want to add too much, wanted to keep it quite simple with just a few accents, and “male” colours. I couldn’t add more to it. This was it. Any more, and the message would be lost. He’s the flower, she’s the butterfly, they belong together. He calls her to him, she, fragile and sensitive, shining beautiful. He is her anchor, the light for her to focus on.

I’m glad to say she has recovered mostly now, and I’m going to visit her soon. I do miss her – face to face friendships are so so valuable!

The main part if this card is a Hero arts stamp. Other materials used are a Cheery Lynn die cut Celtic Frame (the inner circle) and I think the other one is Marianne Design. The shape around the card was made with shaped scissors.

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I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges:

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Copy Cat

I’m still behind in posting all the cards I made.

In january I had received 2 birthannouncement cards. I wanted to make a congratulations card that looked very similar to their card, as usually an announcement card is picked with care, and with attention to details. I wanted to add a personal touch in the way of showing that I made these cards myself, that I took the time, made the effort to make this card for them, to celebrate this special happening.

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The small flowers are a die from Joy!Craft, Big flowers are Marianne Design English Rose, the lace die (blue beneath the tag) is from Memory Box – Floral circle. The washi tape is from Vivi Gade design. And the stamp on the paper, of the bird in the fence? Eeeh….

Thank you google, the stamp: is from Prima Marketing PIXIE GLEN Clear Stamp 2.5 x 3inches (product code 550905)Daqadoodles13_01_31_00228The lower blocked stamp is from Rubber Stampede, nr. 3218F Harlequin.The baby stamp is from Stampinback.nl – sleeping baby. Ribbon and paper were probably not of a special brand.

And now, totally unrelated, a card I made in the beginning of december for my nephew who turned 10:

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Again the Harlequin stamp. Furthermore a Marianne desgin die (the car), probably Kars city scape, and embossing folder retro circles from sizzix.

Full of words

This sketch wasn’t hard, but still I started over three times. First I made a coloured background, embossed the tree (I wanted to do something with that tree), and then distressed a strip of paper as ribbon and…nah. Let’s try again. Another background, some stamps for the surrounding strip, emboss them partially, ink the embossed part and… nah. That’s not it either. Let’s see what else I’ve got. Ok, in that case I’ll use my creatable I haven’t used before, the one from Marianne Design. And I cut it out of an old (1979ish) English-Dutch (or Dutch-English) dictionary, I liked the look. So more! A frame, and torn strips for the ribbon, ink the lady and her hat, the edges of the frame, punch bows, ink bows, add them. The tree does fit in here – I still needed a background for the lady, so the tree it was. I wanted a white card with the ” canvas” – though not completely white. I stamped teacups along the edges with my Dew Drop Moonlight white. Glue all in place, and tadaaa! Hmm this made it sound easy, but it took me a while to figure all the elements out. Also I had to be creative for cutting the frame, as the original diecut is a square, so I had to go halfway and then back, being carefull not to go too far.

So that’s in a nutshell how I made it (yeah it’s bedtime here, so in a hurry…)

The card is based on sketch # 170 from CPS:

CPS#170

And here is my card:

With this card I would like to enter the following challenge:

Only after taking the pictures I noticed the black speck. Luckily I could wipe it off!

This last picture was taken by holding the card in front of my computer monitor, this way the teacups and embossing are more clearly visible.

Sparkle, sparkle

I finished another card yesterday for the CPS 5th anniversary challenges.

Based on sketch # 26:

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This time I went for some bright coloured cardstock. I kept it simple. I wasn’t sure about a sentiment, it could fit right in on the top right, but I don’t know yet what the occasion for the card will be, or who the receiver will be. I prefer to leave it blank and enter the occasion or receivers name in the available space.

I even used glitters!

With this card I’d like to participate in the following challenge:

I was in doubt about putting something on the card in the place where the flower is in the sketch. I decided against it, as now the lady sort of looks at the flowers, the focus is right. Adding another embellishment would distract from the flowers I think.

I had lots of fun creating the pieces of background, it all started with cream coloured cardstock, rangers distress ink and an blending tool.

The Lady is made with a Kaisercraft Stamp “Lady Jude”, the flowers with various punches, the birds on the wire with a viva decore background stamp, the flowers on the right strip of paper with Prima Marketing Pixie Glen stamps. Other Ink I used was black, purple, Dew Drop Moonlight white nd a tiny bit of pink.

The stamps surrounding the lady is nameless, it was a gift when I bought some supplies at a fair.

I stamped the lady in black first, letting her fade out on the card on the bottom. (Stamp is longer than that). I coloured her dress slightly purple, but it wasn’t obvious enough, so then I inked only the dress on the stamp, and stamped it again. This made the dress pop a bit more. (Now in the evening it doesn’t seem as bright on the picture, but you do see some colour). The strip on the right was crumpled, and then I thought I’d wanted something else instead of putting it flat, so I creased it into this shape.

Now back to the table for the CPS sketch of day 11, only 4 more days to make 5 more sketches!

Remember the love

If you thought my previous posts where short, then what about this one!

My baby boy has been ill (an infection in his mouth, “spruw”) which caused him to cry almost all day – eating and drinking all hurt him, so sad! It started yesterday evening, and in the night he has been awake a few times (and so did we). Kind of tired here, so no explanation today. Tomorrow I’ll upload a better picture of the card, the colours just don’t look good when the picture is made with artificial light. Unfortunately, no daylight at hand now ;).

This card is based on CPS sketch#102

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CPS#102

My card:

(See bottom of post for an unfocused scan but with better colours)

Edit to insert a daylight picture:

With this card I would like to enter the following challenges:

Ok I can’t help it, have to say what I used:

Die cut from Joy Craft “roses”, the lower embellishment is also made with a joy craft die after stamping the 2 and 1 roses from the Pixie Glen stamp set, Craft Concepts embossing folder in stitches, and Craft Concepts folder Florette for the little heart.

Lacey Lady digital image from French Kissed (printed on tissue paper and then used mod podge to layer it on top of the pink card which was stamped with the pixie glen teacup.

Prima Marketing Cling Stamps Pixie Glen

pearly pink thread, pearly white transparant beads, Tsukineko Dew Drop Galaxy Gold

Several hues of pink ink, and some rusty hinge, tattered rose and victorian velvet distress ink

And some alphabet clear letter stampset of which I don’t remember the name right now.

My opinion of this card: Although I don’t like pink (you’d never have guessed I bet!) I do like this pink and white combo. Maybe I should have left the white card completely white, but now it’s one piece. I also had hoped the Lacey Lady would have blended in with the background better, I guess next time I’ll have to use a darker background or a background with the same colours, or edit the image a bit first.

Still, I’m quite happy with it. I was struggling with the text, I felt it should have one as it is meant for a friend (it’s a very girly card). I thought about tea for two, or something along those lines. Friends who chat over a cup of tea 🙂 I do like the remember sentiment, as it could be explained in many good ways!

And here is a scan of the card (which is unfocused due to the embellishments) just for reference to the colours (although that gold doesn’t look like that in real life – metallics just don’t turn out well on photo’s or scans.)

Enjoy the renovation

I think I’m catching up with the CPS sketches… here is day 7 (of 15).

This sketch was difficult for me. I like to tell a story with my card, and I like to make my own patterned paper / background paper. I usually combine challenges, so I have quite some guidelines for my card. E.g. Sketch, theme “in the garden” and “fairy”, embellishments, etc.

But due to the timeschedule and the amount of sketches (and a sick baby, although he sleeps a lot, the times he is awake he needs/wants 100% attention) I still have to complete for CPS, I didn’t take the time to look for other challenges with which to combine this one.

Ah wait, before I continue about how I made it, let’s just put an image here so you can see what I’m talking about.

Here is the sketch from CPS:

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My take on it:

Obviously, with this card I would like to participate in the CPS challenge – CPS 5th anniversary day 7, sketch # 242 from CardPositioningSystems.

When I start a card I don’t know what it is going to look like. I design it on the go, make it choose it’s own design. To make this one a bit easier I told myself I’d have to use some scraps. Now I’ve been saving almost every piece of paper that was left over after trimming a card or after using a cutting die. I decided I’d use these. I selected the colours, started laying it out, and quite liked this. I said earlier I like flowing lines, but in this case it’s all more or less straight lines. But a bit chaotic. For embellishments I chose white, as I didn’t want to accentuate any colour. The flowers are the Tim Holtz mini rosettes, and I cut the “leaves” to different lengths to match other pieces.

Then I wondered about the occasion of the card. It did remind me of paintsamples, so it has become a “Congratulations on your new home” card. Ofcourse, with a new home comes a new key 🙂

There, done.

At least, that’s what I tought first. But somehowe it didn’t feel finished. So I added an emobssed outlining around the edges. Finished. I took pictures, and when looking at the on my pc I still didn’t think that was it. It was missing something in the right lower corner. I thought of stamping a house there. I have 2 stamps of house-silhouettes. One I have used before in Monochrome Dutch Delft Blue, and the other is more a skyline of a big city. But which one to choose? I didn’t have anyone in mind for the card, and what if they buy an appartment and I used the cosy cottage stamp? Or the other way around? So, no houses on it. What then? Ofcourse, a paint bucket! That way it’s obvious the stripes represent paintsamples, and it fits the alternative sentiment I had in mind: Good luck on the renovation.

I didn’t have a stamp of a brush and/or paintbucket, so what do you do in that case? I didn’t feel like looking on the internet for an image, I should know how a paintbucket and brush looks! So I drew one myself and coloured it with derwents. I do like it that it stands out from the card, it is indeed the finishing touch. I like how the image is a bit cartoony and the colours a bit “harder” then the paper colours. It almost looks like a touch of humour!

The tag with the sentiment and key is not permanently attached to the card, so it could be moved around or changed for another sentiment.

Hidden jewels long forgotten

This card is based on CPS sketch #37. I started with the blue cardstock, embossed it, and then cut it to size. When looking for paper to match, my eye fell on the wallpaper I had used previously, for A little bird told me. That with the blue looked ok, but it was missing something. As I had a new dew drop (gold), I wanted to use it, and applied it to the blue. It looked great with the wallpaper, it was only a bit too even and too smooth, so i sprayed on some water and dabbed it with tissuepaper. This gave a lovely sort of worn copper look.

I was curious what was behind those diamonds, so I cut one out. And what did I see? Some very old flowers, and a gem hidden besides them!

I like the card, it’s like a forgotten Art Deco era. I had a hard time getting it right on the picture, and used auto-adjust colours on it to get it a bit better.

Whit this card I would like to enter the following challenge:

Here is how my scanner treated the colours. Not very good huh?

And here are more pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know the card doesn’t look pretty on the images. The mossy colour on the bottom pops out too much, it’s not like that in reality. Also, you don’t see the blue behind the gold as much. I took some new pictures:

A little bird told me

Now this is a card I’m very pleased with. I should be, considering the amount of time it cost me to make it! I’ll explain what I did in more detail later.

The card is based on the CardPositioningSystems 5th anniversary day 4 sketch: CPS#220

And here is my card:

With this card I would like to enter in the following challenges:

Materials used

Wallpaper (Harlequin -Indulgence Sophistication 25679)  raffia ribbon (I don’t know if that is the right english word), some decorational ribbon (the green fringed stuff), wool, ink (brandless and Dew Drop Moonlight white), glitterglue for heatgun, toothpicks (yup! Can you see/guess where?), little plastic baublethingies which I got at Hornbach (a big hardware store with a garden department and decoration department, these stones are used in vases and such), ironwire, paper pen karmine red, plain cardstock and last but not least: The digital image Lacey Lady from French Kissed. I think that was all the materials…

How I made it

First I chose the wallpaper, I wanted something shiny and floral and garden themed. I liked this wallpaper as it’s not too overwhelming. As I wanted to follow the ribbon theme I searched through my stack of ribbon for something to match the image and wallpaper, I wanted something nature, natural. I chose this natural looking raffiaribbon.

Then on to how to use the raffia. I first thought of just a frame around the image, and a bit lower, like the cps sketch. Then I thought it would be nice if it also filled that lower area. Hmm how to do that? By knitting  ofcourse! Now, you should know I am NOT a knitter. I learned it at elementary school about 24 years ago. I remember it clearly: the teacher even gave me my project to take home and redo it because it was so messy. I didn’t like knitting. Then I did it again when I was about 13?14?, with that giftribbon stuff, to make a hula skirt (grass skirt) out of it, I knitted the band and then hooked the ribbon through it. I started another of those grassskirts when I was studying, so about 20 I think, because the first one was a bit too short. I never finished it – Somewhere I still have that waistband part on 1 knitting needle. I have no idea where and couldn’t be bothered to look for it. I did have my other knitting needle nearby – it always stood near my brushes, in case .. eh…in case.. .something fell behind the radiator (the heater) maybe? Seemed like a good idea to have a knittingneedle somewhere. As a substitute for my missing needle I used a brush – which was conveniently located in the same storage can as my knitting needle!

After a few tries and some help from teh internetz I had my first row:

And there’s Charlie, helping me get better at knitting by trying to make me do it without seeing it.

And here is it done. And the secret as to where I used the toothpicks.

Back to the cardbase. I glued the lady down. My initial idea was to make a green background by stamping lots of flowers and leaves on the right side of the grame around her, and some onto the image. Only the ink didn’t take that well on the smooth silvery part of the wallpaper. It looked messy, and ugly. So I had to cover it up. I did like the white roses, and at some parts (top and the image) you can still see the stamps, which is ok because these look good, and it does have the effect that there is another layer behind the wool.

I decided I’d make a “prieel” kind of thing, or an arch along which grow flowers. I searched for a vinestem and found it in the mossy-like covered wire. I cut several pieces and twisted them into eachother and let branches leap out, then I started making the flowers with the joycraft flower die. The die cuts out the parts for 1 flower at a time, and there are about 21 flowers on the card. Lots of cuttlebugging, inking (I inked the edges a tiny bit, the first 12 white, the last 9:  6 ahint of pink and 3 totally pink)(oh and green for the leaves for the last 9) rolling and gluing.

Still it didn’t seem complete, with all the floweres arranged, so I added wool. I liked the mossy look a lot! Added wool, glued down the flowers with my gluegun, which still held sparkly green glue. As the theme for Truly Madly Crafty was glitter, I used that for the heart of the first 12 flowers. Then I added the gems (ok not really gems, but hey, imagine!)

After the gems it was time for the second batch of roses to be put into place. I didn’t want to give them a green heart too as it would be a bit too much, so I used gold. There was a clear gluestick in my gluegun now which I couldn’t get out, so I melted the gold stick with the tip of the gluegun and then put the tip into the flower. The pink roses also got a dot of paper pen karmine red.

Still, it wasn’t finished. There was a bit of balance lacking, so I added the fringy ribbon. That’s better. But still something lacking. My intention had been to use the rosette as a base for more little flowers, but it would be too much. I decorated it with moss wool and stones and left a space for a big flower. But that wouldn’t seem right – a big flower would draw attention (more then the rosette did now), and the focus would have to be the three pink roses and the rose coloured cheeks of Miss Lacey. It kind of resemebld a birds nest. And what is more lovely then a bird in your garden, singing from the branches from the hedge? So my final touch was the bird. I coloured the stamp a dirt-brown and then lightly tapped it with black. I loved the result, the hint of brown. But it deserved more beauty, so time for the spray glue and glitter!

No heads or tail for you!

While that was drying I took some pictures of the card while the sun was beginning to set, here are a few I love:

(We’re renovating that room)

And with bird:

When I was finished I saw these on the balcony, enjoying the food I had put up for the birds! Did they know I just made one in their image?

I hadn’t fed them earlier this winter because it hadn’t really been freezing yet. I only start to feed when the ground is frozen or in spring. Now it was very cold and freezing, so they sure deserved some extra food! Did you know that birds can loose up to 10% of their bodyfat at night when it freezes about -10 degrees (celsius)? And in spring they need extra food too, as they are still weak from winter but have to prepare their nest and breed.