26 Nov

Christmas Cuties Trend Watch

Cuteness overload on the Paper Crafter's Library Trend Watch! Take a look at all those Christmas Cuties.

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24 Nov

Warm wishes for Winnie & Walter!

A couple of weeks ago I received an amazing gift pack from Winnie and Walter and Pretty Pink Posh (maybe you've already seen it on my instagram). And when I saw the W&W playdate I knew I wanted to make this card :). Everything I used came out of this gift pack except the inks and papers (I'll include a supplies list at the end). The colors and layout are inspired by the playdate image!

I started with a couple of trees I stamped with distress ink. Not a type of ink to get crisp and clean impressions but I think it matches the tree. After stamping the base of the trees I stamped another layer on them with versamark ink and heat embossed the 'embellishment' part of the tree.

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I cut two panels with my PPP dies and I added stars with a stencil on the larger red one and I diecut the white one to make a 'base' for my trees. To finish my trees I added a couple of sequins. (sorry for the shading on the photo, it's getting dark early here ;)). I added a little sentiment to the white base with the same embossing powder as I used on the trees. This makes them match the card even more.

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And; tada! The card is finished!

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Supplies

I was going to make a fancy supplies list with image links and stuff but somehow I can't seem to find my favorite products so, here we go with a handmade list:

I'm linking this card to W&W playdate no. 4

 

 

08 Nov

Suzani Plates

Shh... I'm running a week late with this blog post. I just didn't have the time to tell you all about last weeks MATS e-course assignment. But now I've squeezed in some time to talk with you guys :).

Last week it was all about Suzani's in our class. Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. They use beautiful motifs and that was a great part of my inspiration. I don't have a lot of sketches (or better: none) to share with you because I didn't like how they turned out. Most of the designs are symmetric and well, let's say that thats not one of my best skills. So no pictures of the sketches this time ;). But, I did include some digital work in progress for you.

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And the final result:

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I hope I can share this weeks project a bit earlier.

01 Nov

Merry Christmas

I've made some cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive last week. They collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. The two cards that I share today are some of the cards I've sent.

This first one is a shaker card in Christmas style. I cut the panel with my Silhouette and added some golden snowflakes and golden en red sequins. I knew I wanted to make a shaker card but I didn't think about the way I would be going to make it. So the border was a bit too small, it took me half an hour to add the foam adhesive to the back. And it ruined my scissors ;) (Well, on that part I was thinking. It's an old pair of scissors so it doesn't matter that much. Now it's my foam scissor). But in the end it turned out pretty well. Next time I'm going to cut a panel it will have a larger border. 

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I did cut the panel twice, but I didn't make a shaker card out of the second one ;). I adhered it to a dark red patterned paper and I added some wood veneer snowflakes to finish it.

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30 Oct

My first Christmas card this year

I'm a bit late to start with Christmas cards, but I don't need a lot of them (most of our cards are printed). While making this card I also discovered that I don't have anything with a Christmas message on it. So I wrote down my own ;). The penguins could be used for general winter cards but I liked to use them for Christmas.

I used a lot of patterned papers, a little piece of ribbon and some pearl drops for this card.

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