Catching up – cards, skirts and hanging around.

Been almost a month since my last post – how time flies! Holidays are over, work and school started again, back to the regular routine. Crafting does happen, but blogging less. Hope to be able to make something for the Chocolate Baroque challenge in time!

I’ll show some things I made the past year (or still haven’t finished) which I might not have shown yet on my blog. These things include a skirt for my son, natural ink and many cards. First a gallery with the ink, then a gallery with the rest. The ink pictures are from May. I haven’t touched the jars since except for once, and then I threw out the onion one as it smelled horrible. Not sure how moldy the rest is… Ink was too ligh to be really usable. Another chance soon, the walnut is shedding it’s nuts and they /their shells are great for ink. (But then again, what do I do with this ink? It’s not stamping ink…)

And now the rest:

Silver moon rising


Silver White moon man

Silent ascension begun

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I saw this stamp at De-Stempelwinkel and liked it a lot, so what do you do then? I wonder where the text comes from, who wrote it.

Anyway, the card. I made it in the last 2 or 3 weeks, and I forgot what I did on the background. There’s lots of stenciling – I see some art deco arches ( in wild honey slightly on the card, and sunbursts (Dutch Doobadoo). sec, getting the card…. aaah the white in the background are giant stitch crosses from a A3 sized stencil from Marianne Design of Joy Crafts. It’s a reverse print of the stencil. So 3 stencils, it was getting a bit busy. I had this new stamp and watned to try it out, so why not this card?Daqadoodles150507do111554002

Ooh ascension… fill up… drops rising up, but not in the sea, it should be more dreamlike, more moonlike. Silver waterbubbles. I stamped in on top of the text, as I figured the text would be visible enough – I think I should have wiped a bit more embossing powder off it at the text, but the look I wanted (bubbles going before the text) has succeeded. Embossed the bubbles with pearlsilver embossing powder.  Also added a fairy, but removed her wings (wiped the ink from the stamp) and only very slighly went over her with a wet brush to mix the colours in her dress more. She’s a moonghost now, hardly visible, like when you try to hold on to a dream.Daqadoodles150507do111622003

I added drops of glue onto the bubbles for some body, I wanted to know if I could get the same effect as glossy accents with it. Tip: don’t put the card in upright position when it has drops of something on it.


LAst but not least, I wanted to use some dies agan. It’s been ages since I used them. I didn’t want a forest scene, or sea scene, but some sort of mix between it. Like seaitems but above ground, like a fog in which magical things can be seen. The thing the items have in common is the coloursetting. The backcard is coloured in Stormy sky too, and the middle matted card has the crushed olive and forest moss.

It’s a strange card. But is it strange in the way it’s supposed to be, with water elements in the air, grass in a sea? Is it dreamlike strange?

This is my second entry to Designs by Ryn Customer Creation Challenge – May.

Not sure if the text is featured enough for the Challenge of De-Stempelwinkel, which is Surrealism these two weeks. (Oh wait, they sell also the stamps from Designs by Ryn!) I hope dreams are surreal enough!

A song for each step


It was fun making this card, it was a bit different from what I usually make. I started out with a page from an old thin book for people who start learning english. The paper is a bit more fragile then my usual paper so I had to work a bit more careful. I refound my sizzix flower dies, and had fun using them on fabric! Fabric? There’s no fabric on the card! That’s right, but I only decided against using the cut out fabric after the inkin/masking, when I tried them on the page. It didn’t look right.

I look forward to using my dies on more fabric scraps.

I masked both the negative and the positive cut of the die-cut, which gave a nice layered effect. I seem to be in love with the Persimmon orange colour from distress in combination with blue (Peacock Feathers is still a favourite!).

Then, time for the words. “May songbirds serenade you every step along the way”  has a very poetic feel to it, it matches the page very well. Also, there are a few times when the word “footsteps” jumped out of the text – some are hidden in the end result though. I think on this page they are tracking someone, or following a path (I did read the short story back when I checked if this book could be used). Songbirds singing from between the flowers, lovely!


I stamped with versamark+stazon jet black and embossed with black embossing powder. Next was adding some more diecuts, and I set myself to the challenge to use some of my scraps of paper. I did find some good matches.

I also stamped a bird from Prima Marketing Pixie Glenn with Stazon Jet Black, and Non-Sequitur’s Tree Trunk with brown.

Last, I die-cut the tattered flowers from tissue paper (after colouring the tissue paper with distress ink and water and drying it). But that’s not all, I took my M-bossabilities folder Twigs and Tweets, inked up a part of it (and removed the ink on the leaves, leaving only the birds to be inked reddish) and embossed the flowers. So on every tissuepaper flower there is also a bird (or part of a bird) inked, and the embossing of the folder itself. In the end I didn’t use all 4 diecuts, I only used 2 and inked them up a bit, made them a bit greener as I thought the red was too red.

The branch is stamped on with a stanp with versamark and then heat embossed with shabby shutters distress embossing powder. The little die-cut birds from Marianne Design are inked up with versamark with a brush, and then dipped in embossing powder.

I used a Cheery Lynn die (Celtic Frame I think it’s called) to partially cut the top and bottom of the page.

Before gluing on the die-cuts I wanted to put a little bit more protection on the page, so I put decoupage glue on it. I was a bit slow in thinking, because only after rinsing the brush (which I do immediately after using the glue) I realized I ofcourse could glue on the die cuts now easily as well. No fussy gluing with small bits, as the entire surface of the card was sticky. I did end up having to add a bit of glue to some parts where it was too dry allready, but none the less it was fast and easy to add the diecuts.

Before adding decoupage glue - would it ruin the card by smearing out the ink? Also visible, on the right: die-cut fabric tattered flowers (blueish) and the flourishes die (and cut), inks and oh the antique greenish embossing powder! Love it!

Before adding decoupage glue – would it ruin the card by smearing out the ink? Also visible, on the right: die-cut fabric tattered flowers (blueish) and the flourishes die (and cut), inks and oh the antique greenish embossing powder! Love it!

That about sums it up. (I didn’t describe all steps, it’s obvious I inked the edges and matted the card onto cardstock etc).

Used materials

  • Distress inks, (distress) embossing powder, stazon, decoupage glue, tissue paper, old bookpage, scraps from the scrapheap.
  • Sizzix movers and shapers Tattered Flowers
  • Sizzix Swallow
  • Marianne Design creatable (The small birds, Ivy and branch)
  • Joy!Craft Vintage Flourishes
  • Stampendous stamp May Songbirds serenade you every step along the way
  • Prima Marketing Pixie Glade stamp on the branch for some more texture
  • De Stempelwinkel Tree Trunk from the Plate 101 Trees
  • Cheery Lynn Celtic Fire


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

Thank you for the visit!

Enjoy the simple things

A while ago I saw a post from Cornelia at Stempel-Spass (Fun Stamping) about creating your own borders., it was a one layer card. I can’t find the post at the moment but I asked Cornelia if she knew which post I meant, I’ll add the link to the post later. I found it: OWL again, post in May, and I see now she was inspired by someone else as well: Janet a.k.a Swanlady

I was inspired by that technique and tried it out myself. Well, inspired… To be sure I did it right I copied her card, maybe with a change of stamp, colour and/or text, but I’m sure the layout is the same. I do know I had a flower branch off from the side, to emphasize the text: Enjoy the little things. It’s that one flower in all that green, that one branch being out of line, that you can enjoy. See it, and enjoy it’s unrulyness. It’s will to be seen.

I had a conversation with a neighbour that week or a week later, who said she had a hard time as a friend had passed. She said she admired how he could enjoy and appreciate the here and now, the things around him. He enjoyed their walks together, enjoyed the park, the trees… we both agreed people should stop and take the time to see things around them and to appreciate / enjoy them.

I thought of this card, and how very suitable it was for this situation. It was like it was meant to be.

Rarely do I make simple cards, as I just can’t stop decorating and such, but I had this one simple card. This one card, not overly joyful or ful of happiness, but this solemn card of peace and hope. A card that fit with dying and life.

I didn’t take that many pictures as I still didn’t think it was perfect (I think it’s obvious to see what I meant), but it was perfect for the occasion, and very very well received, she had needed it. So I am thankfull for this imperfect card, and Cornelia’s inspiration.

So here it is, another imperfect perfect card (I am good at making those, it seems.)


Materials used:

  • ArtSpecially stamp: Takte time to enjoy the simple things in life
  • Prima Marketing Stamp: #551087, Pixie Glen
  • Dies:
  • Marianne Design Creatables LR0257 Tak en bloem
  • Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes Noor! Design 6003/0026 Branch leaves thin
    Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes Noor! Design 6002/0137 Grass border

Ah I made it in May, I see from my order. I used the ink and textstamp I ordered from the stamping cottage, and I bet the grass border was fairly new as well – it was made by die cutting a grass border with Joy Crafts! Grass border die, then using the left over cardstock as a mask. The branch that is sticking out is a Marianne Design die (or rather, the negative of the die is used as mask) and the other branches are a Joy!Crafts vintage flourish die (both the diecut and the negative of the diecut used as a mask). The rose is from the set Pixie Glen by Prima Marketing (#551087, I looked it up).

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

  • The stamping cottageChallenge #2: make your own background and use flowers – (ends in 2 or 3 days) I do hope one little simple flower counts! Hmm but this isn’t really a background, is it? If it doesn’t count, then it’s ok, I’ll try again next time! Still, I would like to spread the word of the challenges, so I’ll post this anyway.
    Even een stukje nederlands: Volgens mij voldoet mijn kaart niet aan de criteria, er is niet echt een grote achtergrond (het zijn meer randen) en er is ook maar 1 klein bloemetje. Ik heb gewoon te weinig tijd om nog een nieuwe kaart te maken voordat de challenge afgelopen is, en ik maak de challenge graag bekender, dus ik stuur deze kaart toch in. Maar disqualificatie is niet erg hoor! Als ik niet aan de regels voldoe, voldoe ik er niet aan. Zo simpel is het.

Argh the other card I’ve got with a beautifull selfmade background and stamp that fits the requirements doesn’t really have a flower on it (well it does, but it’s not the focus).

Unfortunately I won’t have any time this weekend for cardmaking, but now I’ll know there is a challenge at the stamping cottage.

Untill next time!