From lack of sleep… tired.. been to Hamburg this weekend with my sisters, it was wonderfull, but getting back and working early next day, followed by a night with not much sleep due to a baby wanting to throw a party in the middle of the night is a bit too much maybe.

A while ago I told you (goodbye lullabye part 1) I got sidetracked (goodbye lullabye part 2) while working on one project, and made a bunch of backgrounds of which I had no clue of how I was going to use them due to the bright contrasting colours.

Daqadoodles150417vr233012038 Daqadoodles150417vr233002040Well I took on the challenge, and used one sheet, the turqouise with orange bubbles one.

This is how it turned out:Daqadoes150515vr114315005

Modelling paste through one “sun” pattern, covered wit hcopper acryllic paint. Other places only acryllic paint.  Not sure what I used to colour the turtle: distress ink and/or Caran D’ache neon colour crayons.


Stamped the seadragon for placement, then added gesso on and over the stamped image, heat embossed the dragon with distress embossing powder and coloured with Caran D’ache neocolours. Embellisments (diecuts) are from my stash. The card is matted onto a white card on wich I painted a messy frame in copper.





One of these is my last entry for the Designs By Ryn May challenge. I think I’ll choose the seadragon, as I like how it looks somewhat plastered on, like he is in his own bubble.

Edit: I chose the turtle, it’s better photographed / better visible.

And now, bed!


More orange christmas cards

Chocolate Baroque hosts a colour challenge each month, and you can enter 3 entries. That doesn’t stop me from making more cards in that colour combination. This is my third entry-post, and it contains 5 cards.

My challenge entry card is posted first, and repeated at the end of the post.

Card#1, Challenge entry


I Inked up my craftsheet / acryllic bloc with ripe persimmon distress ink, add a touch of red barn to it, spray wit hwater and press your card on it. Ink the edges with milled lavender distress marker.
The flower was a leftover from a previous project – I’m trying to reduce my pile of leftovers.
I stamped the two ornaments on the back with stazon, probably pumpkin orange, and then added the sentiment stamp with Clarinet red stazon.



As you can see, this background is part of the sheet I made earlier (see previous post). The cog-flower is also from a previous project (same as above). The edges are inked with the barn door distress marker. the sentiment is heatembossed with red embossing powder. I inked up the edges of the stamp with versamark and stamped & embossed on the left side  too, to make the swirls extend. No complete coverage of the embossing and I notice now I forgot to ink up some other edges, but it’s a cute little card.


I’m always trying to find a good position/light to photograph my projects. Seems in the full sun is best, altough I thought the colours look best/most intense if it’s not luminated by dirct sunlight, but indirect light, like a cloudy day. Still the pictures in the sun look brightest / most vibrant to me. And now I’m wondering, which of the two is closest to reality… I guess it’s negligible, as the monitor the pictures are viewed on is as important for accurate viewing as the lighting on the picture.  I guess every crafter knows this issue. Maybe I should just take a course about product photography!

Card #3


Another piece of the previously used background. This time it’s used more as a centerpiece then a background. Stamped the winter angel, inked the edges with clarinet stazon ink and heatembossed the word Joy with red embossing powder. It’s a “meh.” card. Boring, not completely right. Ah well, it’s one more handmade christmas card!

card #4

Daqadoodles141026zo134144 I liked this card. And I liked the borders. but I don’t like them together but I allready glued them down. Again, the flower is leftover from a previous project. The tree is stamped with stazon then coloured with distress ink and a waterbrush. The greenery (orangery!) in the corners is also stamped with distress ink. The borders are made out of the same colour. The borders just take up too much focus, I should not have used htem or placed them under the main paper.

Card #5


Can you believe I’m staring at the screen, trying to decipher what I used on the card, which stamps I got, while the cards are laying on a pile behind my keyboard? Duh. So much easier to look at the real thing. The background is originally also a pice of the stencil stamped background, but the second (or third?) stamping. After “stamping” with a stencil once, there’s always ink left behind. It’s actually not really visible on the card so I don’t know why I tell you haha. I laid down the stencil again and sponged in the stars with milled lavender, then stamped the steampunk christmas flower. Next I stamped the word Noel on top of it, and stamped the edges – again with 2 colours distress ink. The stamping of the word Noel wasn’t to my liking, so I stamped it again on another paper, tore that off, and inked it up. Before gluing it down on top of the other Noel, I sprayed the main paper with perfect copper mist, and Noel with heirloom gold. Then I glued the bits together – the little flowers being leftovers too. I think I’m out of flowers now.Daqadoodles141026zo135307

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder where people take their pictures. A sort of Whats on Your Workdesk but then a Where is Your Photocorner version. I don’t have room for a dedicated corner anymore (meaning a place where I can leave my glass plate lying without it being discovered by the kids and I don’t have time to get it out everytime, so I use what I have. Sometimes I just place the card in the bushes or on the grass if it’s dry. This spot is a spot I’ve been using lately, the birdhouse often still has sun at the end of the day. Because I photographed 8 or 9 cards that time I did get out my glass plate so I could use the barbeque and have a flat surface to put my cards on. This is what it looks like:Daqadoodles141026zo135537

And this is a bit what the rest of the garden looks like now. The birdhouse should be fixed to something but we just put it there out of the way. The board on top of the “schraag” (that wooden A form thingy) is nailed / screwed to it, it’s not like it’s a loose board and will tip over. It’s quite firm. It was affixed to the A-form when we were renovating, have a small place to put down tools. As you see, the garden didn’t get a lot of attention yet (empty planters, ladders that still need to be put away etc). The only thing we regularly do now is mow the grass. We did cut the side of the bushes, but we didn’t have time or tools to do the upper part then.Daqadoodles141026zo135551After taking these pictures and when the kids were awake again ( I probably took them after lunch when 2 out of 3 are usually napping), I cut the top part. It was nice weather and had to be done, good days will be less and less, so why not now? I’ll try to take a picture (during daytime) to show how it looks now. Be warned though, I didn’t make an effort to make it straight, my goal was: cut off the outgrow. Time was my limit, I didn’t want to spend hours on it, just a quick cut.

So, as promised, I close this post with my entry for the chocolate baroque colour challenge #4






You light up my life

Based on CPS sketch #5, this is a card for a man. It could be a birthdaycard, or a thank-you card for making me something (My dad likes to build stuff for us).

CPS #5

It was fun to make this card. I did rotate the sketch 90 degrees clockwise though. I used the Steampunk Cuttlebog embossing folder, a rubber stamp with diamonds pattern, Kaisercraft decorative lamp stamp, Marianne Design Creatables LR0198, and various stamps from Christina Renee. I used an assortment of Distress ink, dew drop Galaxy Gold on the card and lights and a few highlights on the embossed gears, Dew Drop Moonlight white on the edges of the lamppost (+ other colors inks), Perfect Pearls mist copper for the main/background card and the little card with diamond print on it. Also on the lantern at the top I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Moonlight but it’s hardly visible. Oh and the car is made out of a wallpaper sample piece. I stamped the left lantern several times, cut it out and embossed it a bit by hand.

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

Oh I’m too late for the other one, ah well, can’t join them all ;).

I usually make my daylight pictures on the front window-ledge. The sun doesn’t shine on that side but it’s light enough for most pictures. This is also where Charlie usually is lying. Well not actually ON the window ledge (only in summer), he lies below it on the heater because it’s so nice and warm… He’s about 20years old, very skinny (it’s actually a walking dead cat). He has always been skinny, which is probably due to him having a bad functioning thyroid (schildklier), and he has also bad functioning kidneys so he gets 2 pills with his food daily. Still he doesn’t eat lots (he looooves cake though – don’t ever leave cakewrappers lying around in our house or the cat will eat it). So he loves cheese, pate, CAKE, attention and warmth. Preferably he wants the food, attention and warmth all together. Usually it’s one or two at the same time. In cases where he doesn’t want food or gets attention from the right persons (he doesn’t want attention from our boy, he runs off then), he is lying somewhat like this:

We used to have a hanging basket but he preferred to be on top of the heater. As he can’t sit directly on the heather ofcourse I put down that boardthing (it’s from an IKEA shoerack). Actually I had done that first at another heater as my desk was next to it and things kept falling off/ in between the heater, so I put this down and some paper on top (only on a small part of the heater). Charlie loved to sit there. I added the towel here to soften it a bit more, and to prevent him from cooking. I’m not so sure he would get up 😛 The stone in the back is enough to keep the rack lying on the heater – Charlie weighs around 3 kg and steps on it very carefully. The bowl of water I added only yesterday but not for him, though he likes to think so. It’s been very cold here and the air very dry, also inside. I don’t have these hangers or an humidifyer thingy, I do it the old fashioned way by placing bowls of water around the house.

Now before I forget, here is the scan of the card of the front and back:

I like the back as well. I got this little spray bottle from IKEA (yeah, we’ve been there regularly). For the finer spray you have to press the spray button completely down, but a lot of water comes out. I like the bigger spray as you see on the card, those are the drops if you spray slow and don’t press the button completely. Then I dabbed the card, and voila, this lovely pattern emerged 🙂