Wind in your hair

Another one made while on holiday, with diy resist spray, crushed olive, peeled paint, weathered wood, iced spruce, stazon claret and stazon pumpkin. And bundled sage, that seems to be a new favourite.

Also again a stamp from the beautiful stampset Essense of Nature .



I sprayed the resist s[ray and let dry, then I inked up the tree with the 2 stazon colours and stamped it. I then added the iced spruce and weathered wood around the tree, and peeled paint, budnled sage in the tree. Some more crushed olive in the tree and at the bottom. The text was stamped onto a separate piece treated roughly the same way and the same colours. It is glued down with foam dots so it is raised from the card. The butterflies are only accented/coloured with white gelpen.


The background of the card was pastel green, but it didn’t quite match so I put gesso over it, added some bundled sage distress paint, stamped cracked  texture from the Mail Art stamp set  around the edge with pumpkin and witped some more gesso over it to tone it down again a bit. The edges of the white backing card is inked with bundled sage and a bit of weathered wood.


This is my second entry to the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #12. 0d9ec-cbc_11Daqadoes150624wo102154003

Bare feet

We went away a few days so I too packed half a crate with crafting supplies, having to choose in advance what to bring. While we were packing the car, the mailman arrived with a package from Chocolate Baroque! New stamps to play with. I also brought along loads of unfinished cards and backgrounds, forcing myself to finish some. And I printed out the CB challenge 12, and took only the distress inks with matching colours with me. I stil find it difficult to match colours from screen – is it bundled sage or weathered wood? Is it bundled sage or crushed olive?

I am going on vacation and I take along with me….

  • colour 1: Rusty Hinge – Brushed Corduroy (Stazon: Claret)
  • colour 2: Dried marigold – spiced marmalade (Stazon: Pumpkin)
  • colour 3: Peeled paint, crushed olive
  • colour 4: Iced spruce, weathered wood, bundled sage.

And I brought my tube with distressmarkers, although I don’t have all colours (got about half of them). Also brought water brush, water spray bottle, home made resist spray, distress paint bundled sage, distress paint brushed corduroy, paint dabber copper metallic. Craft knife, ruler, white gelpen, black gelpen, scissors large and small, mounting foam (as I had new stamps), stamps, stencils, sponges, acryllic blocks, cloth, paper/cardstock and ofcourse a craftsheet (no cutting mat – I forgot, but the envelop of the stamps worked good).

Now, my first entry for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #12:


Where to start with this one… I guess the background. I used a stencil (ginko leaves) from Designs by Ryn, sprayed it with the resist spray and let dry. (not the stencil ofcourse). Next I covered the paper with distress paint bundled sage, let that dry, then added some weathered wood – those are the darker stripes. I didn’t apply it in stripes – I had applied the distress paint that way and the ink was just filling the gaps. Daqadoes150623di154517013

I inked up the plant first with Stazon Pumpkin then partly went over it with Claret. After stamping the image I found it lacked the grounding part, so I took a sponge and applied stazon pumpkin on the bottom half and claret on top of it, more in the corners. It was way more then seen here on the image.


I stamped the quote – I love it, a big reason for getting the set. (I’ll just ignore the fact the ink wasn’t good in all places).

The red was too present, so when I got home I added some stazon cleaner on it and wiped lots off, this also showed the resist effect more.


The background – two frames on top of eachother (I always cut the middle section out to save weight while mailing it. The cut out sections ofcourse can be reused again.) I used the same stencil on the frames. My plan was to use different colours on the frames, but it turns out the colours of the leaves look lto be applied with the same colour, just different effects due to the base colour. On the largest frame I used weathered wood/iced spruce for the leaves, on the smaller frame I used a green one (bundled sage?). I did colour over it with distress inks and stazon inks, to make it blend more.

For once not the last week of entering the challenge… 🙂




Norway – nature

And here is the last set of holiday pictures…

So beautifull! I especially was impressed by the colours of the glacierwater and the moss.

I’ll select a few of the most special ones first, and then add the bulk.

Taken on sea, at Kaupanger, at Nigardsbreen Glacier and Telemarken Canal, and some pictures from along the way. Oh and waterfalls. Plenty of em.

Made through the window of the Colorline “Fantasy” – From Kiel to Oslo.

This is all real. No editing. It just looks so… unreal, I know!

I just love these colours. I should cut a bit off the top of the picture, and then enlarge it.

I like stones. And moss. And closeups of them. Or just a big rock with moss.

The moss, stones and water… so new, fresh, intense.

Where are we? the moon?

You know what, if I continue I’ll put half of the pictures up here in large size.. I’ll just add a gallery which will include above pictures as well!

Any favourites?

Norway – close-ups.

Here some pictures of our holiday in Norway from May 13th till May 28th.


I seem to have some difficulty narrowing the amount of pictures down, so I’ll split them up in seperate posts.

First I’ll show you the smallest selection. The close-ups and specials. (That doesn’t mean the other pictures aren’t special, just these are kind of focused on one subject.)
The pictures are converted from .NEF (Nikon picture file of about 12 MB) to JPG’s, and reduced in size as well, to around 250-35 KB, so there is some quality loss.

My partner and I try to make interesting pictures of our surroundings.

Are there any pictures you particularly like? If so, why?

Spring can’t be restrained…

…not even on a card.

I’m not sure if it is a card, it’s A5 size (14,8 x 15 cm) and it has only 1 “page”, like a postcard, so maybe it’s just a piece of art or a page. Or a very big card 🙂 Here is a SCAN of the card, you can’t see the three flaps flapping out here but the colours and details are best this way.

With this card/page I’d like to participate in the following challenges:


It was made by decoupaging a napkin onto green cardstock and distressing it (or is it “inking”?) with green ink. Next I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on it twice.

The flowers are all stamps from Chrsina Renee nr 1 and 5 and the Springtime stamp is from Paper Crafts. The stamped images are stamped on regular white paper so it would be most springy. They are coloured with derwents.

I cut loose three strips and put the green pouring out from behind it. Very lightly behind the strips & right bottom corner you can see more spring nature, see closeup below.

I used my dewdrop Moonshine white ink on the rays and middle part, then stamped Springtime with it, stamped over it with black and again with white so the black is faded abit.

The backside is distressed (if that is the wrong word for colouring the edges then please correct me, I’m new to all terminology!) and stamped with Fiskars Fieldflower stamps.

Hmm is that a cat hair there? Anyway, I like this side a lot too, with the ragged edges of the napkin still showing and the colours.

The ideas of decoupaging a card is from

The idea of cutting away some strips is from Mel at Melstampz

Comments and opinions are welcome, and as I am a new cardmaker I do want feedback on how to do better, I can’t learn if everyone is only polite and doesn’t say what could be done differently! Don’t worry, I won’t follow your advice blindly if it’s not my style ;). Although I do like this card a lot. I like the thank you card of 2 earlier posts less, the colours are too pastel for my taste. But this post was about this card. Originally made for Gingerbread Challenges as there was a longing for spring- I so agree on that! The weather has been soft here in the Netherlands, no real winter, untill this weekend and today… it was even snowing! Brrrr.