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.

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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!


Shere Khan in the jungle

Not sure about this card. Closeup it looks better then from a distance, due to the colours I think. It does look like a moist indian jungle, filled with heavy scents and lots of plants. This was the atmosphere I intended for it. Maybe with a different backing card… At least I used up some scraps again, as the backing card came from my stash, made it a few years ago even when I just started cardmaking I think! I did add some distress stains to it to get more of a camouflage/jungle look.



The background was made earlier with bister. I made several backgrounds then and this is the first card made with these backgrounds.

This is my third entry for Designs by Ryn Customer Creation Challenge of April.

Stamps/materials used:

  • Tiger – Sheena Douglas Crafters companion
  • Text – Sheena Douglas Crafters Companion
  • Leaves – Designs by Ryn
  • Patio Stone (in the red/orange/yellow background) – Designs by Ryn
  • Foam swirl stamp used on the background card.

Here are some other cards I made about half a year ago but I think have never showed.

They started out as scraps, as I had just received these fishes stamps and wanted to try them out. I stamped it on a long strip of blue/green paper, and then decided to play around with it. I cut it up in 3 or 4 scenes, but didn’t take pictures of all the finished cards I think. I know at least one card I gave to my mother for her to use as a birthdaycard for someone.

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This one was made later, starting point was the turtle which I hade made a while ago with a background of alcohol inks onto the backing paper which was on the stamp when it arrived.Daqadoodles150121wo121942012

Watch out for my next post, it contains some cards/half finished cards that are failed or just not right!

Inky tentacles

What a month it’s been – and still is. I’ve had a few days off but it feels like I’m more tired then before. “Tropical years” is the literal translation of what other parents with multiple kids call it – the years when the children are under the age of 4.

No consolation from people with older kids though, as they say it doesn’t really get easier after that, it keeps being busy…

I’ve finished this card after I made the previous post, but didn’t have time yet to post it or take pictures at daylight, so I’ll just do with the pictures of the completed card in lampight.

It’s my second entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #9.



And one with flash so you can see the shinyness.


The progress of the card in pictures. First, adding the paint and a card on top.


Spray with glimmer mist or water and wrap in kitchen foil, let dry. Then stamp over it.


I liked how it looked so far. extended some of the ink splatters a bit. I know a Cephalopod doesn’t spray ink from his tentacles, but who cares, it looks nice this way like he’s spray painting his surroundings. Like he’s protecting his pearl.   Daqadoodles150330ma223917009

I wanted to add more scenery, so I stamped some seagrasses and coloured them in as silhouetes. I think I liked it better without them, they´re much too present. A well, it´s done. The sentiment I have added is “What´s your poison?”. I actually wanted something about ink (inky fingers) but didn’t know what, so I chose this one. Not sure how to use this card for now haha. But it was fun making it.Daqadoodles150409do221118006

I hope to be able to share some more of my creations soon, my limited time “free” I rather spend crafting then blogging about it!

Blue metal sea

A birthday card for an 11 year old boy – what to make? Chocolate Baroque has stamps for that occasion as well, the steampunk sea set is very suitable for boys (of any age).


A few posts ago I wrote about the technique with kitchen foil, paint and spray, and at that time I made also a blue background with this technique, as you can see here. I didn’t put two pieces of cardstock together for this one though.


The colours were chosen from the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge #9. This is my first entry for the challenge. (Yup, the ocotopus is going to be another one but that one isn’t ready yet and I might have ruined the scene a bit. I think it looks good the way it is here, not sure if what I did was an improvement. Ah well, not this post.

All colours are incorporated in the background. The fishes are mostly pearly lila colour, together with some watery blue.

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Some more blue in the seahorse, and bundled sage on the letters. Somehow Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender are difficult for me to recognize, I keep picking the wrong one, they seem to be the same but when I look at the ink lids they are quite different. I think I did use shaded lilac on the letters though. First letter is a steampunk stamp set from Vivalasvegastamps, the other letters and banner are sizzix thinlits dies (tattered banners and some medieval alphabet I think). Daqadoodles001

It’s matted onto white card of which I pianted the edge blue.Daqadoodles150401wo124207014


Octopus is not alone

One of my latest cards made for the Designs by Ryn january challenge:Daqadoodles013

Made with three stamps from Designs by Ryn:

I made this card onto a background made with bister. I couldn’t quite remember when I made it, as it wasn’t exactly how I usually did it, but it looked quite ok. Then I remembered: my son had made this one. It was an A4 sheet, where we had made on the right side some more greenish colours and a blue river flowing down into a pond. (Use your imagination – he’s 3 1/2). Can you see the river coming from the right of the card, falling down as a waterfall into the pond?

Ofcourse it was me who inked up the corners and edges more after I cut the sheet, as he allready had forgotten about this piece of paper. I found it quite amusing that I had taken a “drawing” of my son and found it good enough to use as background 😛 Ofcourse, I had helped a bit with the bister, and ofcourse you can’t really go wrong with bister (when your mom sprinkles some on the sheet and all you get is a brush and a mister).

I stamped the fish scales on twice with Versafine Smokey Grey first, Then I stamped the octopus, I think with Stazon midnight blue and coloured it with distress paint peacock feathers. Next I stamped the leafy sea dragon as kelp in the corners, colouring it slightly first with distress ink and water, and then going over it with gloss pens, also added gloss gel to the octopus thingies.

Daqadoodles150128wo203930004Took another piece of cardstock, spritzed ink on it with the spritzing-marker-airbrush tool and assembled the card.

Take a day at the sea


It is a personal challenge to use scraps from previous cards. I still had this printed image from French Kissed Postcards lying around, unsused. I decided to use it with a background made earlier and a frame of a printed pattern I designed myself.


I imagined this to be a card for someone who needs to relax a bit. Leave the daily hassle behind, put your feet in the water and cool down 🙂


The printed orange background was actually made by scanning:

– a wooden disc which my kids had painted and on which I put a finish.

– a background I had made with torn pages from an old Dutch to english dictionary.

Then I digitally repeated the pattern and adjusted the colours, and printed it. It was a little too orange – it looked less orange on the screen. Now who is wrong, the printer or the screen? Probably both a bit ;).

Two lovely vintage cards with FrenchKissed postcards images coming up in the next post. Stay tuned!

Dragon of the Sea

My last entry for the chocolate baroque colour challenge. First I had a seahorse, then a dragon, so now it’s a seadragon!

Pictures taken inside with flash, not the best but better then none!




The background had been lying around in my stash for a while, as I had made a card like this previously. As the (sea)dragons are fantasy creatures, any colour is possible. I usually make the belly another colour – usually a soft and vulnerable spot for animals – and make extensions a differnt colour as they can be used to distract, impress, or are less noticable so the “victim” doesn’t see the attack. This seadragon has a green head and wings – is it maybe because he is coming out of the water and shifting into a flying dragon? Is it because of the moonlight? I think the answer to that will stay a secret ;).


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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.


(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.


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:



Fragmented Fishes

Ok, the fishes aren’t really fragmented, I just wanted an alliteration in the title. The paper on which the fish and octopus are stamped was fragmented though.

Maybe I should show the cards first:


What was used?

  • Stamps from Designs by Ryb: Sea Bubbles, Octopus and School of fish.
  • Old sheet of musicpaper
  • White gelpen
  • Caran d’ache neocolors
  • distress inks: peacock feathers, tumbled glass and broken china.
  • stazon Jet Black
  • Mod Podge / decoupage glue.
  • embossing folder
  • circle die

How was it made?

  • Take your music paper, put some distress ink on it (splatter, lightly brush and spray, however you like it, just use light colours.)
  • Tear the music paper in little pieces, and randomly glue it onto cardstock.
  • Put it in an embossing folder
  • Ink the highlights a bit – those are not very visible anymore because I sprayed it afterwards with glimmer mist or dylusions ink spray, (can’t remember which one) which darkened the piece quite (I shouldn’t have done it).
  • Cut out the circular shape]
  • stamp the fish(es) and colour them.
  • Highlight with white gelpen, ink the edges, and put decoupage glue on top of it all to seal it off. Don’t brush too much or you’ll spread the ink / neocolors around.
  • The background: put distress ink onto an acryllic block, spray lightly with water and press the acryllic block on the paper. Add a stamp to it for extra swirls.


The second card uses about the same materials, maybe some additions like shabby shutters distress ink and the cardinal fish. The star and bubblestamp is from a fairy set stamp from Chocolate Baroque. The sentiment is from a sea-creature set (mermaids?) from Chocolate Baroque. Here I embossed the music paper first, then inked it, then tore it and glued it back onto a piece of cardstock.


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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