Vintage ladies

[edit… And now this post has a title.]

Changed avatar, changed header of the blog, got a facebook account for crafting things. Now it’s time for the last post of tonight. Sorry for spamming you guys (or rather, girls, mostly), but I like to have all things I make on the blog, it’s also some sort of crafting diary.

As said in the previous post, now it’s time for two lovely vintage cards with FrenchKissed images in the center.


I loved this lace-lady ever since I had seen her in the shop. My printer doesn’t do her justice. Lots of layering of stencils and stamps on the surrounding card, with Chocolate Baroque butterfly, Sizzix flower die, probably also a Marianne design die, the text is a clearstamp from …?(a well known brand too). I’m not sure if the thistle stamp is Chocolate Baroque or not, I did buy it there, but it was part of a grabbag so I don’t know from which set it is or if it’s even CB. The swirl in the upper right and bottom left is a free stamp I got when buying stamps at a dutch stamp store (I think it was at a crea-event, so can’t remember which store). There’s also a peacock feather on it (clearstamp, probaly cArt-us), a TCW stencil (tree branches) and a reverse image of a stencil (the turqoiuse bit). Think I mentioned it all now.


Oh wait, the tiny label die, isn’t it cute? it’s from eh…eh…

… let’s head on to the next card!


The background was originally for a CB colour challenge, but I didn’t like how it turned out. The white stamping wasn’t really as crisp as I hoped. So now it would be a background paper. Other stamps used are from Prima Marketing – Pixie Glen collection. The main image is FrenchKissed postcard again. I stamped the roses, clock and banner on the card, then stamped again onto other cardstock, coloured, cut out and glued on the card.


It’s a busy card, has a vintage feel to it, but it’s also my style of card, not too vintage-y with lots of added 3d flowers and lace. This vintage card still fits flat in an envelope with normal postage ;).

Vintage Autumn

Well my first workday after pregnancy leave was last Wednesday, and that was also the last for this week. It was very quiet at work, so didn’t feel stressed at all. I still had time to be creative this week! I also painted with the kids yesterday, I’ll show you after the card, so the people who are here for the card can skip the rest.

I decided I want to go ahead with a long slumbering idea of opening my own webstore. This means I have to buy supplies. I am bad at saving – I think I said for the last 6 months that I shouldn’t buy crafting goods anymore, that I had allready spent my budget for the coming month. (And the month thereafter). Now, however, I got a fixed goal and an achievable amount of money I’d like to save. But I can’t buy crafting goods anymore. (Ok well maybe only the stencils from Designs by Ryn, I still want those). But I think I need a monthly dose of new supplies, and the only way I can get that is to win them. (I know that signing up for challenges without a price doesn’t get me supplies, but it does motivate me).

Going vintage is a challenge in itself, but maybe I can combine it with a French Kissed Postcards – image, I’ve been wanting to use one for a while but I am not really good at using digi/printed images. I combined it with Fall/Autumn, the vintage colours and aged look fit very well with Autumn, where the old leaves start to fall and warm colours decorate the trees and bushes.  And I loved using this colour combo: Brown and blue!  ((and cream and yellow)

Enough talking, on with the card. I admit I am very proud of this card, it makes me feel good. Isn’t that wonderful, that making a card makes you feel good? I also used up several items from my stash, yay!


Isn’t she just lovely? I immediately fell in love with the warm colours. It is currently not listed in Trishia’s store “French Kissed” on Etsy, but if you want it just convo Trishia and I’m sure she’ll put it up for you.

Materials used

The butterflies and doily are from my stash, the doily is from a Cheery Lynn die, the big butterfly is from a Christina Renee clear stamp set (not availble anymore) and the smaller butterfly is from a Chocolate Baroque stampset. The frame and text stamps are Crafter’s Companion from the Vintage line, and the blue diecut beneath the flowers is Joy Crafts. Both the paper for the doily, background and flowers is from an old English to Dutch dictionary. Colours used are Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and Broken China (with a touch of Salty Ocean), distress inks ofcourse.Also used are flower dies from Marianne design and Joy!Crafts.

How I made it

Background:I took a piece of cardstock, some pages from the dictionary which I ripped in pieces, and glued them on the cardstock. I used the Crafter’s Workshop  Mariposas stencil on the background, with distress paint bundled sage and distress ink vintage photo. (Not really visible anymore). Then used Mod Podge decoupage glue to seal it. While this was still wet, I sprayed on the black sooth and rusty hinge to darken it.

On the background and the blue diecut I made use of the new spraytool from Tim Holtz, the – what is it called- airbrush thingy which enables you to do airbrushing with markers. The contrast between the background and doily was low, so I darkened the background with black sooth and vintage photo (airbrush) and wiped piucked fence distress stain on the doily.

Blue swirl die cut:The blue diecut is painted with Peackock feathers distress pain, then added some bronze distress stain and wiped it off lightly, and lastly, put decoupage glue on it. Then I didn’t think that was done, so I sprayed some black sooth and rusty hinge on it with the airbrush tool. After it was dry I dabbed some Salty oceon on it with a sponge.

Frame and large butterfly: are heat embossed with bronze embossing powder. The butterfly was made a few weeks ago. It was stamped onto cardstock which was inked up with Brilliance Moonlight white.

Small butterfly: made a while ago, see this post “Time is the essence of life“.

The flowers: Diecuts from a Marianne Design die, maybe the small petaled one is from Joy!Crafts. Inked the edges and leaves.

Layering: Matted it onto cream colourd paper. The blue layer is made by using the Peacock Feathers distress paint  on paper (from the kids, they were colouring on their coloured paper and I did a tiny bit of crafting, ofcourse they wanted to dab with the dabber too. Ofcourse I let them – better to teach them how to use it properly, and tell them they can use it when I’m there, then to forbid them too and have them do it when I’m not looking!


We went on to use the cuttlebug, they love using it 🙂 My oldest understands the paper has to go in the folder and in the stack, although he doesn’t really know how to build the stack. My daughter is still too young for that, she will be 2 soon, she slips (only) a piece of paper in the machine and starts turning – ofcourse not much happens since there is no resistance. When I help her – build a stack for her – she loves to turn the handle.

The piece of paper for my frame however was too big for the cuttlebug (and folder), so I grabbed a … what’s the word in English… doughroller (literal translation) – the thing you use to flatten dough – and rolled it over the embossing folder, repositioning the folder untill all the paper was embossed. I dabbed some distress stain bronze on it and sprayed black sooth on it with the airbrushtool.

Glued it onto cardstock which was made brown with Vintage Photo.



I’d like to enter the following challenges with this card. If there are special requirements to participate, I’ve mentioned those (again) behind the challenge link.

  • We love vintage challenge blogButterflies; (Ik volg via rss feed en heb de google friend connect ook ingevuld)
  • Simply Create tooChallenge #70 Fall/Autumn;
  • Kraftyhands ChallengesAutumn Colours; (following via rss feed)
  • A Vintage JourneyAutumn; Tim Holtz his influence: he is what made me enthousiastic about cardmaking. I got a lot of his products (markers, stains, paints, inks, latest buy is the airbrush tool). How he has influenced my style: The ease with which he makes things. Things don’t need to be perfect. The background would certainly be up in his alley, and putting airbrushed splatters on the background and diecut to age the item too. Also the frame with the text is distressed by inking the (cream coloured) paper a bit with vintage photo then spraying water on it. (I only used the wrong spray, so don’t have little pretty dots but more like one big dot). Another influence is that paper isn’t uniform in colour – none of the layers are uniform of colour exccept the cream one. The others have darker and ligher areas, and in case of the blue layer I even dabbed a not reinked sponge of a darker blue (salty ocean) on it. The overall look fo the card is not what I’d expect to see from him though, (don’t he’d ever use doilies) and ofcourse the main image is a digi image (thought the butterflies, frame and text is stamped). So no worries if I’m not eligble for a prize.


 Crafting with the kids

Now onto the part about crafting with the kids. We painted a tissuebox-box, an mdf cutout from a castle and a mushroom, and some tags and other wood embellishments. My plan is to put a finish on the box so the colour looks more vibrant (it is a bit pale when it dries, as it’s children’s paint), and maybe add some more embellishments and then give it as a gift to my mom. She has allready seen it, as my kids showed her, so I’m not spoiling a surprise!

I helped paint the side of the box, as you can see. My children are still too small to not blend all the colours untill it’s a purple shade of grey.  Also, the lid looks great like it is on the first pictures, doesn’t it? When we where nearly finished, my son put red paint all over the top. Then I went to the sink with my daughter to wash her hands, and I told him he could clean the plastic tablecloth with the cloth that was there. When I returned to the table he had done that, but was also “cleaning” the box. It does have an interesting look now, looks quite distressed! Great technique T! Thanks!

As I said earlier, the colours look really dull now, but they’ll brighten up a bit after putting some kind of sealer on it. My plan is to seal it without the kids using spray finisher (spuitlak) or seal it with decoupage glue and have the kids add embellishments (or just torn paper or some of my unused die cuts or punch-cuts). I am very tempted to spruce the items up a bit now though, like really paint a castle or dots on the mushroom, or add more colour. But it’s the kids project, so I should let it as it is. What I should have done, I realize now, is make examples. Not while they are paintin – I am running around too much trying to prevent the whole table (legs and underside), chairs and floor getting under the paint, and preventing brushes going into mouths or painting of hands, arms, faces. No time for a project for myself then!

Thank you for visiting, even it it’s just to browse the pictures!


Un Dimanche á la Mer


When I saw the new challenge for “We love Vintage” I knew immediately which image I was going to use. Finally! 5055 Trains de plaisir – Un Dimanche à la Mer – LL from French Kissed Postcards. I always liked it, but never used it before. I don’t usually make vintage cards, as I try to give my cards a more masculine look, or more steampunk. So this was new for me.

The colours I wanted to use were yellow, blue and pink. Now when I say it like that, it doesn’t sound like appropriate colours! Don’t worry, here’s the full names of the Distress inks: Shattered Straw, Tattered Rose and Tumbled Glass.

The paper I used was off white, white and yellow. The yellow paper is the middle layer of the card, with the tattered rose edges and Tumbled Glass and Broken China “inner edge” (to define the paper on top more), and the Joy Craft cutting and embossing die 6002/0036. On that I used Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Tattered rose on. I embossed it with shabby shutters distress embossing powder and Rangers Queens Gold embossing powder.

Decooupage glue on the image for a painted look

Decooupage glue on the image for a painted look

The top layer paper was off white, and the top half I made blue with Tumbled Glass (and maybe a bit of Broken China, can’t remember exactly) and on the bottom I used Scattered Straw and Old Paper.

The background

Too bad I didn’t take a picture of it before gluing it all together, as that background paper turned out pretty nice. I stamped the small sun from Stampinback (Zonnestralen B649) on it with Versafine grey, and the big sun from Stampinback (Zonnestralen B721) with Memento Toffee Crunch. I used Ranger Embossing ink on the edges, applied it with my finger and then pourded Queens Gold on it. The Memento ink wasn’t completely dry yet, so it stuck to bits of the sunray as well, which I liked.

The image

The image I printed on white 180grams printing paper and tore off the sides of the image. I inked them with tumbled glass and shattered straw, glued it in place and added some Mod Podge decoupage glue on top of it and made swirling movements with my brush to give it a varnished – painted look.

The flowers

I cut out the flowers with the Marianne Design cutting die LR0257, the big one 2 times and the smaller ones 5 times. I stamped the cutout with a branch/flower stamp from Christina Renee set Nr. 5 (850043) with Hero Arts Shadow ink Soft Pool.  I inked the edges with the either shattered straw distress ink of tumbled glass, and some of the hearts of the flouwers with broken china. I rolled them using a filigree tool, and rolled the upper big flower from the ouside to the inside, so the small leaves are outside. The other flower I rolled the other way. I moved the filigree tool to the top of the paper (still holding in the middle), put a dot of glue from the glue gun down, pushed the flower down and uncurled it a bit with the tool. While the tool was still in the flower I bent the leaves down and flat a bit, trying to make sure it wasn’t too orderly. Later I added some pearl beads, whcih I later also used on the lower right corner of the card.

The twine (or yarn?)

I don’t know the difference, I would even almost call it rope! Anyway, I wanted a beachy thing to it, so I added the twine in the off white colour. When in coils it remined me of seashells, so the pearls had to go there!


Hmm well no. I should use some lace. But I don’t have lace! I do have a lace stamp (from Christina Renee), so I stamped it on tissue paper and decoupaged it to the left side of the card. Unfortunately the ink I used wasn’t suitable: Hero Arts Shadow ink was too oily, so the details was lost. Also, the colour was too light, it’s hardly visible (though if you look closely you can still see it). So I searched around untill I finally found a bit of lace, it was a ribbon of 5 cm wide so I cut off only the edge.

All in all I don’t think I did very bad, it has got the vintage elements, but it’s still a card made by me.

If you made it this far, thank you for reading!

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

The card in different lighting

The card in different lighting

To the DT from Simon Says Stamp: That is a lot of work you must do! With my entry, it will be 974!!!! entries! That would take about (with 1 minute per blog) at least 16 hrs and 15 minutes. Few. I hope you don’t have to do that often. And I do understand if you don’t leave a comment, haha!

Thank you all for visiting!

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Time flies and a good year of construction

These two cards I’ve made as birthday cards for men.


The first card, “Time Flies”, was made for someone who turned 43, although he said on his invitational e-mail 34. That is why I chose the time flies stamp, and set the time at 16:43 (or at least, that was my intention). Often, when going for a masculine card, the colours get dark and all brown. At least my masculine cards tend to have only brown, creme and black as colours, see the next card for an example. I made the “Time Flies” card last. I wanted to add colour, to keep it light, but not make it very girly. Also, I wondered why usually flowers are seen as for females only – men enjoy flowers too!

All in all I’m very pleased with this card.

Materials/products used:
(if something is not listed then I don’t know the manufacturer/brand of the item or it is “brandless”, like the paper).

  • Ranger’s distress ink, colours seem to be rusty hinge, moss, peackock feathers, festive berry, pumice stone.
  • Stazon Jet black
  • Stampinback stamp “Time Flies”
  • Cart-us stamp: watch & plane
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative Strip Mini Paper Rosettes (2 sizes)
  • embossing folder Sizzix Tim Holtz Alteration


This card was made for my father in law. “Een goed bouwjaar” means: “a good year for construction”

When I look at the card now it’s a bit boring, too much brown and sandcolour.

Materials/products (I write down the names from memory, the actual names might be slightly different):

  • Le tres chic cardstock matstack
  • Craft Concepts embossing folder Hexagon Illusion
  • Distress ink photo vintage
  • Stazon Jet Black
  • Stampinback stamps: Ford, Een goed bouwjaar, Oldtimer, track
  • Cart-us stamp: airplaine
  • Crafty Individuals: CI 159 Boys Toys
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