Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you!

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season with your loved ones!

We're in Norway celebrating Christmas with my family, so I just wanted to pop in quickly to post this card for you. :-)


PS: I'm linking my card to Anette's My Clever Creations Blog where she is having a link up party.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Favorite New Hero Arts Stamps + Discount Code

Hi everyone!

Did you see the new Hero Arts catalog yet? There are so many great new stamps!!

Below you can see some of my favorites from the catalog. Click on the thumbnails to go straight to Simon Says Stamp. 

Jennifer McGuire shared a discount code on her blog that you can use on most of the new Hero Arts stamps and inks at Simon Says Stamp. Use the code "JMFAVES" to get 15% off by December 18th, which is today, so hurry up! :-)

Have a lovely day and Happy Shopping!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Winners of the WashiTapesNL Introduction Giveaway

Hi there!

I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway and helped me spread the word about my new shop WashiTapesNL! All your support and your lovely comments mean so much to me! :-)

And now:
The winners of my huge giveaway to introduce WashiTapesNL are:
Winner of Giveaway #1 is: Lene H.!
Winner of Giveaway #2 is: Sally S. (CinnamonSally)!
(See the Rafflecopter box in my giveaway post)

Congratulations ladies!!! :-)

I have e-mailed the winners. Please send me your postal address so I can get the goodies to you.

As we're getting close to Christmas, I decided to also draw some extra random winners who get a € 5 gift card to WashiTapesNL! The winners are:
walchowDesign (Lai Yoke)
Sue McRae
Linda van Vliet
Paula L.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and Happy Crafting!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

Hi everyone!

There is still time to enter my huge giveaway to celebrate the introduction of my new shop WashiTapesNL! :-)

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I've started wrapping presents. I'm using white wrapping paper (actually, it's the back of a wrapping paper I don't like... ;-)) and washi tape. This is so quick and easy to do, and yet the result is absolutely wonderful!

Change the way you apply the tape for different looks. For the smallest package, I've also made a washi tape bow. Super cute! :-)

These three washi tapes are now available as a special Christmas Set for 20% off in my shop WashiTapesNL.

Have you started wrapping Christmas presents already?

I wish you a wonderful day! :-)


Monday, December 10, 2012

Stamped Notebook with Washi Tape


Please check out my huge giveaway below to celebrate the introduction of my new shop WashiTapesNL! :-)

Today, I'm sharing this kraft notebook that I made for my mom. It's super easy to make and the result is wonderful!

How to make it
Stamp the Old Letter Writing in white ink on the outside of the notebook. Love the look of white stamping on kraft! Then, tape the Purple Starburst Washi Tape diagonally and wrap the edges around. You can hide the washi tape ends by covering the inside with card stock. Your notebook is now ready to be given to someone special!

Thank you so much for visiting! :-)

Have a lovely day,


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Introducing WashiTapesNL (Huge Giveaway)

Hi everyone!

I'm super excited to introduce my new web shop to you:

We sell, you guess it, Washi Tape. :-)

Washi Tape is my latest addiction, and one day I decided that I wanted my own web shop with this lovely product. Without dwelling on whether I should do this or not, I just did it! This has been quite an adventure, and I have enjoyed the process and all the things I've learned along the way very much!

To make this first web shop of mine a success, it needs a lot of exposure. I'd like to reach as many Crafters as possible. Here is where I would like to ask for your help. Would you please help me to spread the word about WashiTapesNL? You can do that very easily by liking, tweeting, blogging and sharing in any which way you want. Thank you in advance! In return for this wonderful favor, I present this fabulous giveaway!

The giveaway has a total retail value of $ 300!! :-) To make it more interesting and increase your chance of winning, I split it up. There are two prize packages, one mixed lot and one Christmas themed. See the picture and lists below.

The more you help me spread the news about my new shop, the more chances you will have to win! :-)

Giveaway #1: Hero Arts stamps: Be Happy CL606, Floral Blossoms CG434, Chinese Thank You CG121, Asian Borders CL229, My Art CL250, Bouquet In Vase CG104, Striped Circle CG101, Lattice Chair CG294, Little Flower Circle CG205, Iced Donut F5320, 1xFlorals In Shapes LP172, Hero Arts Frame Cuts D Rectangle Frame DI004, Distress Ink Shaded Lilac, Distress Stain Picket Fence, Tim Holtz Design Ruler, Studio Calico Vintage Pattern Flowers, Mark Richards Fabric Flower Stickers, Scalloped Border Punch, Butterfly Punch, Acrylic Block, Glitter Acrylic-Effects, 8 Square Cards with Envelopes, K&Company Gems, KaiserCraft Black Pearls and a € 15 Gift Card to WashiTapesNL.

Giveaway #2: Hero Arts stamps: Winter's Butterfly CL234, Flourish Tree AR148, Holiday Tags AR146, Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes Clear Stamp Set, My Mind's Eye 6x6 Everyday Flair Paper Pad, Heart Punch, Holiday Trimmings, 5 Holiday Ribbons, Glitter (Gold, Red, Blue, Green), 15 Natural Mini Clothespins, 15 Christmas Mini Clothespins and a € 10 Gift Card to WashiTapesNL.
How to Enter the Giveaway

For your chance to win, just follow the explanation and extra entry opportunities by logging in to the Rafflecopter box below. You can log in either via your Facebook account or by entering your name and e-mail address (no password needed).

The first thing is to become a follower of my blog and to post the picture above to your blog side bar. If you don't have a blog, please follow my blog and share about the giveaway in some other way, letting me know how. After completing this, you will gain access to all the extra entry opportunities to increase your chance of winning.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The giveaway ends December 17th 2012 (see the countdown in the Rafflecopter), and the winners will be selected at random and announced the same day.

Thank you so much for helping me spread the word!

I hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giveaway winner

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my little giveaway and for all your sweet comments! I really appreciate it!

The winner of the SSS Tall Forest Tree Die is Lisa H. (ThePurplePlace)! Congratulations!! :-)

I e-mailed you, Lisa. Please send me your postal address so I can get the prize to you.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Season's Greetings

Hi there,

[I'm currently having a little giveaway, please go and check it out here! :-)]

I hope you're having a wonderful start to your weekend! :-)

Mine got kicked off by a scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr Group. Janet's scramble was to include a tag on our card. I made a card that looks like a little package.

The snowflakes are stamped in Picket Fence Distress Stain and the tag is in Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. I wrapped the twine with the tag around the stamped panel and adhered the panel to the card base with pop dots. Quick and easy! :-)

Thank you for stopping by!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Newspaper Birthday Owl


I'm currently having a little giveaway on my blog, please go and check it out here! :-)

For this card I used some adorable newspaper stamps I received recently.

The color combo comes from the Hero Arts contest this month, using Tide Pool, Soft Granite and Wet Cement.

Most of the background is stamped in Soft Granite, while the ground part of the background, as well as the speech bubble, are in Wet Cement. The owl, the package and the sentiment are all stamped in Tide Pool, cut out and added to the card with pop dots.

I added some shading with Iced Spruce and Pumice Stone Distress Inks to define the edges and the ground more.

Hope you're having a lovely day! :-)



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giveaway time!

Hello there sweet people!

Today I'm having a little giveaway here on the blog! I was so lucky to win some goodies from Simon Says Stamp recently, including the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Tall Forest Tree Die. Unfortunately, I don't have a die cutting machine, so I thought I would share the joy instead! :-) So this is what you can win:

Now, this is how to enter:
Please enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter. You can log in either via your Facebook account or by entering your name and e-mail address (no password needed).
If you do not enter via the Rafflecopter, your name will not be included in the draw.

I have included several ways for you to enter the giveaway. You will see how you can enter after you have logged in to the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be announced on Thursday the 22nd of November.

Good luck and happy crafting! :-)


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Elegant Snowflakes Card

Hi everyone,

My mom wanted Christmas cards with snowflakes this year, and this is one of the cards I made for her. The card took quite a bit of time to make because I had some troubles getting the squares spaced evenly, but I'm really happy with how it turned out! :-)

I started by stamping the background in Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink. Then, I stamped the solid snowflakes in Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, cut them out and adhered them to the card with pop dots. Lastly, I added the sentiment.

I'm entering the card into the Hero Arts October contest.

Did you start on your Christmas cards already?



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Masculine Black & White Love Card


Today's card is a masculine "I love you" card that I made for my boyfriend. :-)

Before I started this card, I knew I wanted to used black & white and the Designer Woodgrain, since that's my boyfriend's favorite stamp. ;-) When I saw this fabulous card, I knew the background would be perfect for my card.

The Designer Woodgrain is clear embossed on black card stock. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black and clear embossed it as well.

Tip: The Versafine ink stays wet just long enough to add embossing powder. You have to be quite quick, though! :-)

I white embossed the little open heart from the Year Round Sentiments set on black card stock and cut it out. The little white hearts are punched out and glued directly onto the background. To add some dimension to the card, I adhered the sentiment strip and the black heart with pop dots.

Thank you so much for visiting! :-)



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day

Hello and a very happy World Card Making Day to you!

How great is it that we have a day to celebrate this wonderful hobby of ours?! :-)

To celebrate I have this birthday card to share with you.

The Large Fabric Design is stamped in Hero Arts Soft Sand ink with Distress Inks around the edges. The flower is heat embossed twice and colored with purple Distress Inks.

What did you do to celebrate World Card Making Day? :-)



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stripe & Polka Dot Birthday Card

Hello hello!

Today's card is made for The Embellish Color Trends Challange - Stripe & Polka Dot.
You can see the stripes in the label, as well as in the smallest yellow flower if you look closely. The background and the butterfly have polka dots.

I started by stamping the background in Iced Spruce Distress Ink. My polka dot stamp doesn't cover a whole card front, so I had to stamp it multiple times. It's always annoying to me when I don't line things up perfectly, but I'm trying to ignore it this time! ;-)

The label, the butterfly and the flowers are stamped and cut out. The biggest flower is white heat embossed with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink applied over the embossing.

I added the cut out pieces to the card with multiple layers of pop dots.

Here's a close-up so you can see all the layers.

This is the inspiration photo for The Embellish Color Trends Challange - Stripe & Polka Dot. There is still time to enter, so why don't you hop on over and participate as well!

I was so happy to see that my Pastel Birthday Card got an honorable mention today over at The Play Date Cafe: "The Cream in our Coffe"!  Yeeey! :-) This was my first time entering one of their challenges.

I think this dotted card turned out so cute! What do you think? :-)

Inky hugs,


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pastel Birthday Card

Hi there!

The inspiration for this card came from the The Play Date Cafe Challenge #149.

All the stamped images are white embossed. Love how delicate that looks! :-)

Here's a close-up:

This is the inspiration photo from The Play Date Cafe Challenge #149, and I'm entering the card into the challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! :-)



Monday, September 17, 2012

Fall Colors CAS Card


How are you?

The scramble this weekend over at the Hero Arts' Flickr group was to use fall colors. That's not colors I usually pick myself, so it was definitely a challenge for me!
I really enjoyed making this card, because it seemed to just happen by itself! Love when that happens! :-)

Firstly, I white embossed the Vine Background on a scrap piece of paper. Then I applied different shades of yellow and orange Distress Inks with my Ink Blending Tool.
It needed a bit more interest, so I stamped the script over it in Frayed Burlap and inked the edges with the same color. I placed the stamped panel off center on the card with pop dots.

I was debating back and forth whether to add a sentiment. I have a Thanks stamp that goes vertically. But eventually I decided that I thought the card looked beautiful just the way it was, without a sentiment! :-)

What do you think about making cards without sentiments?