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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

1001 Snowflakes Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,

this card is my attempt to snap myself out of the "foliage - left, sentiment - right" layout of lately. :) It's all about snowflakes, instead. :) There are printed and glittered snowflakes on the background paper, there are embossed snowflakes in the foreground, there are some die-cut snowflakes caught in the fir-tree ...

Friday, 27 November 2015

Gesso Stencilled Sentiment. Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,

Looks like I am kind of stuck in this layout for now. My... third "foliage - left, sentiment - right" Christmas card this season. I definitely need more chocolates, or something...
Marianne Design COL1393 Lr0191 Crealies CL EF 05 CraftEmotions Stencil Joy!Crafts 6002/0358 6003/0035 6003/0059 Creative Expressions Sue Wilson CED304 CED3013 Ced1426
Yet, there are a couple of interesting details on this card.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Purple Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,
This radically purple Christmas card is an experiment in many ways. :)
  1. It's purple :)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Night Before Christmas Card

Marianne Design Cr1224 LR0393 LR0377 Precious Marieke PM10051 Memory Box Star Of Wonder 98167
This card made it to TOP 3 at Crafty Catz!!!!!!
Thank you Ladies!


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Hello Bloggers,

A dark card today. :) Very dark blues. Die-cut and embossed.

Marianne Design Cr1224 LR0393 LR0377 Precious Marieke PM10051 Memory Box Star Of Wonder 98167
I used some silver Inka-Gold gloss paint to accentuate the embossed sentiment and create some

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Birthday Card For a Girl

Hello Bloggers,

A Birthday Card today. :)

For my daughter's friend I wanted to make something unusual. Oh those little girls who believe they are all grown up already :)

I started with using Kraft as the base for the card instead of the more frequent white cardstock. The "designer papers" are in fact pages from an old Top Model agenda :) I like Top Model, they have very girly stuff. The roses are punched. I used a big classic 5-petal punch to make them.


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Christmas Card With MD COL1394 Flowers

Hello Bloggers,

A Christmas card again. Naturally :)

Aren't the Marianne Design COL1394 flowers just lovely!

Marianne Design COL1394 COL1393 LR0385 Lr0125 Cr1271 Joy!Crafts 6002/0360 6003/0035 6003/0046 6003/0060 6003/0059 6003/0047

This card ended up having surprisingly many layers. I had not expected that when I started :)

Anyways, lots of layers, glitter and gems of all kinds.


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Carley Duff is Back! Yay!!!!


Hello Bloggers,

Good news! Carley Duff is back on TV! Create & Craft October 23rd and 24th 4 pm and 7 pm Friday and 11 am Saturday.

See you there! :)

Lena

Punched Roses And Inches 2.0 (5-petal punch)

Hello Bloggers,

Punched Roses.Remember my INCHES black card? I made it for a challenge quite a while ago, but it kept haunting me from its box. I just could not live happily ever after, I needed to add more stuff to the card. :)

Eventually, I did, and the card turned into a Birthday card..

Still recognizable? :)

I added a strip of paper lace on the left, a sentiment, a couple of butterflies... They made me a lot happier about this card. :)
Joy! Crafts 6002/0448 6002/0403 6003/0015 6002/0332 6002/0263 6002/0264 6002/0366 6002/0405 6002/0401 Spellbinders S5201 S5-214 Couture Creations Co723063 Nellie Snellen Floral Punch FLP011 FLP031 Marianne Design Lr0356 Lr0357 DF3416 Crafters Companion Die'sire Happy Birthday DS-C-HAPPY Memory Box Rings 98370

The lace strip was a little tricky, because normally the Joy!Crafts Vintage Doily Border Die 6002/0366 produces a strip with one lacy edge. Luckily I have an A4 machine and some extra A5 plates for it. They allow you to position the paper and the die in such a way, that the edge opposite to the lace remains uncut, and you can use the die again on the other side of the strip now to shape the sitting edge as lace.

I added a turquoise slightly off-set layer under the white lace to give it a little bit of a dimension. This under layer was cut with the same die but in a regular way as the stitch in the middle is hidden behind the white anyway.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Snow Globe Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,

Another Christmas card today. No pretty patterned papers, just plain white and red. Embossed.
Marianne Design Col1362 COL1393 Lr0156 LR0370 Lr0245 Lr0128 DF3419 DF3418 Dee's Distinctively Dies - Small Winter Cottage Ime037 Couture Creations  Co723603 Xcut Xcu 515910 Die'sire - Season's Greetings DS-CX-SGRT Creative Expressions Maidenhair Fern (CED1433)
I like the knitted effect my new embossing folders produce, so I keep experimenting with how they can be used. On this card the white background is embossed with the Xcut 6 X 6" Embossing Folder - Cable Knit Pattern Xcu 515910 and the red layer under it - with the Marianne Design Embossing Folder Knitting DF3418. The latter is bigger than the size of the embossing folder, so I had to fiddle a bit to have the whole piece embossed evenly, but with this pattern it was rather easy.
Marianne Design Col1362 COL1393 Lr0156 LR0370 Lr0245 Lr0128 DF3419 DF3418 Dee's Distinctively Dies - Small Winter Cottage Ime037 Couture Creations  Co723603 Xcut Xcu 515910 Die'sire - Season's Greetings DS-CX-SGRT Creative Expressions Maidenhair Fern (CED1433)


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board Any Size Calculator

Hello Bloggers,

Check out my new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board Any Size Calculator!

(also works for the newer 1-2-3 board, and  the Joy!Crafts punch board - card & envelope maker)




You can always find it there on its special page :)



Thanks for stopping by!

Lena

Friday, 18 September 2015

Pink Card For A Friend

Hello Bloggers,
Here is my new card. A friend's birthday is coming :)
Crealies CLEF03 CLCF03 Sue Wilson Ced1427 Ced1426 Joy!Crafts 6002/0258 6002/0304 Marianne Design Lr0156 LR0161 Lr0269

The card was inspired by the layout offered at Sketch #131 Challenge.
My vision:
 Crealies CLEF03 CLCF03 Sue Wilson Ced1427 Ced1426 Joy!Crafts 6002/0258 6002/0304 Marianne Design Lr0156 LR0161 Lr0269


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Knitted Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,

I bought some new a-la knitted/crocheted dies and folders the other day and eagerly put everything I had got onto one card. Plus, some crazy colors. Oh, well, isn't Christmas supposed to be merry and bright? :)
Joy!Crafts 6002/0187 6002/0246 6002/2052 6002/2051 Marianne Design DF3418 DF3417 LR0380 Xcut Xcu 515910
Joy!Crafts 6002/0187 6002/0246 6002/2052 6002/2051 Marianne Design DF3418 DF3417 LR0380 Xcut Xcu 515910
The crocheted star and flower felt a little bit too flat, so added some dimension with a stylus, working very lightly to preserve the crocheted  embossing effect.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Traditional Colors Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,
This card is my attempt to make a Christmas Card in traditional colors.
Marianne Design Lr0325 Cr1254 Lr0187 Lr0286 CR1335 Col1361 DF3416 Lr 0245 Joy! 6002/0459 Wild Rose SD037 Sizzix 660220

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Christmas Card With New Marianne Design Poinsettias

Hello Bloggers,

I bought the new Marianne Design Poinsettias the other day, and I couldn't wait to try them out. So, there they are:
Marianne Design COL1393 Lr0285 6002/0065 Elizabeth Craft Birds Ced1426 Ced1427 Memory Box Die 98968 Bells (Cc-022) Spellbinders  (S4-377) Xcu 515913
The whole card looks like that:
Marianne Design COL1393 Lr0285 6002/0065 Elizabeth Craft Birds Ced1426 Ced1427 Memory Box Die 98968 Bells (Cc-022) Spellbinders  (S4-377) Xcu 515913

Monday, 31 August 2015

Tiny Notebook

Hello Bloggers,

I made this tiny little notebook the other day, and eventually found it cute enough to share it with the world :)
Marianne Design Lr0162 Lr0257 Lr 0271 Lr0133 Nellie Snellen FLP029
Marianne Design Lr0162 Lr0257 Lr 0271 Lr0133 Nellie Snellen FLP029

Simple as it is, it still offers a couple of ideas that crafters may find useful.

Friday, 21 August 2015

School Ring Binder Tag.

Hello Bloggers,

School started the other day, and they asked the parents to provide ring binders for the kids. In Amsterdam one should not expect too much variety of stuff in the shops, so everyone gets pretty much the same design. To make our ring binder stand out a little, I decided to accessorize it with a name tag.

Here is a closer take.

Coffee and Music

Hello Bloggers,

I am back from vacations and here is my new card - Coffee and Music. I made it for a friend, who is a professional pianist and drinks TONS of coffee :) I am still in doubt as to which of the two is more important to her. :)

Marianne Design Cr1254 Cr1238 Cr1253 Lr0167
I had to keep the card pretty flat as it had to be sendable. Normally I'd put more flowers on it or smth, but not this time.

The colors are obviously coffee colors. And I love the cup. There exist two Marianne Design cups of this size, for this card I preferred this one.

The flower is punched.

Challenges:
To Die For
94 Lace
ANYTHING GOES AT MARIANNE DESIGN DIVAS
Challenge 388 - Monochrome...

Used:

  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1254 Parchment And Label 
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1238 Tea Cup With Spoon 
  • Marianne Design Craftable Cr1253 Ivy corner
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0167 Music Notes (Treble Clef)


Thanks for stopping by!

Lena

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Christmas Card Kerst.

Hello Bloggers,

How are you today?

It's been bright and sunny in Amsterdam, which is always a pleasant surprise. :)

However, constant vigilance! - as dear Mr.Moody used to say, - Christmas is closer than you think!

I entered this Christmas card into the Anything Goes Challenge at Weekly Christmas Card Challenges, the Christmas in July Challenge at My Time To Craft and the Round Cards or Use Circles Challenge at Marianne Design Divas. What can be more of a circle than a Christmas bauble? :)
Marianne Design Col1338 Cr1251 Lr0181 Lr0273 Nellie Snellen Cameo
The bauble I like so much is actually cut with an ancient Orbis Circle Cutter. It's very old, still, the blade seems to do the job quite well. I use it on a glass mat though, not on the mat that came with it - makes a huge difference!


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Rose Basket Card.

Hello Bloggers,

Today's card is about roses. I love fluffy big 3D roses on cards, but sometimes you just need something ... simply flatter. Something that would fit into a regular envelope. Marianne Design offer us a lovely solution - the Lr0294 Rose and the Lr0295 Rosebud.

I entered this card into the MARIANNE DESIGN DIVA'S Challenge Flowers, Bloemen, Fiori, Blumen, Kwiaty, Flori, Fleur
Marianne Design Lr0294, Lr0295, Cr1208, Lr0286, Cr1251, Joy!Crafts 6002/0135, 6002/0302

Used:

  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0294 - Rose
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0295 - Rosebud
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1208 - Flower Basket
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0286 Tiny’s Pine Cones 
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1251 - Tiny's Hearts
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0135 - Corner Lily
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0302 - EDGE 
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Set Jumbo Leaf-1 FLP011
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Jumbo Set FLP031 Rose Leaves
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Mini Set "Holly Berries" FLP039

Thanks for stopping by!

Helene

Monday, 29 June 2015

Get Well Soon Card. Beterschap Kaart.

Hello Bloggers,

Today I want to show you the card I entered into two challenges:
The card is a wish to restore the balance of the physical body through finding the balance of the mind. Tranquility. Zen.
Joy!Crafts 6002/0190, 6002/0230

Joy!Crafts 6002/0190, 6002/0230

Used:
Joy!Crafts 6002/0190 Fishing Fun Stencil – Koi
Joy!Crafts 6002/0230 Orientals - Bamboo

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Oh, No! A Negative Christmas Card?!!

Hello, Bloggers,

I know it's kind of early to start thinking Christmas in June. Yet, if the paper I have been planning to use for this particular purpose says Prettige Feestdagen, so shall be it - Christmas. The Kaartenuitdaging 239 Challenge gave me the push I'd needed for a long time and here it is - my negative Christmas card :)
DIY Christmas Card. Marianne Design Col 1337
The idea with the paper was to use the words on the paper as the sentiment rather than stamping it. The cut out is a Lin & Lene Stencil from Set 1201/0044. Starring to the left of it is one of the cutest dies ever - the Marianne Design Collectables Col 1337 Eline’s Envelope. I love this die, it always turns out so pretty! The golden swirls looking out from under the envelope are the "left overs" of the gift box inside the envelope. :)

Christmas is nearer than you think!
I am not kidding - check out the count down in the upper left corner :)

Used:
Lin & Lene Stencil Set 1201/0044 (cut out)
Marianne Design Collectables Col 1337 Eline’s Envelope
Tattered Lace Dies Acd105 Parcels

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Punched Roses Card v.1.(5-petal punch) "INCHIES" Challenge.

Made for "INCHIES" - Kaartenuitdaging 238

Perfect timing! The new Joy!Crafts 6002/0448 Squares & Circles stencils happen to measure exactly 1 inch :) I used the squares.
Joy!Crafts 6002/0448 6002/0403 6003/0015 6002/0332 6002/0263 6002/0264 Spellbinders S5-201 S5-214 Couture Creations Co723063 Nellie Snellen FLP011 FLP031
Joy!Crafts 6002/0448
There they are. And the red tops are the perfectly fitting Joy!Crafts 6002/0403 squares.


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Hot Tea Steamy Swirls

This card was created for Challenge 237 "Clean & Simple met een swirl(s)".

The swirls are embossed with Embossalicious Embossing Folder 8" X 8" - Regency Swirls EF8-RGSWIRL. I love the pattern!
Embossalicious EF8-RGSWIRL Nellie Snellen Eeb017 Marianne Design Cr1238 DixiCraft Die MD0008
The cup and the saucer are sprayed with some golden glitter to make them stand out a bit. 
Embossalicious EF8-RGSWIRL Nellie Snellen Eeb017 Marianne Design Cr1238 DixiCraft Die MD0008

I used:

  • Embossalicious Embossing Folder 8" X 8" - Regency Swirls EF8-RGSWIRL
  • Nellie Snellen Embossing Folder Backgrounds  Little Dots - Eeb017
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1238 Tea Cup With Spoon
  • DixiCraft Die MD0008 Alphabet Block and Small
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Black And Gold.

This card was created for Challenge #233 "een kaart met één enkele afbeelding in een kader".

So, that's what it basically is - a card with an image in a frame :)
Couture Creations CO723025 Marianne Design Lr0139 Lr0236 Scor-Bug Embosser
Couture Creations CO723025 Marianne Design Lr0139 Lr0236 Scor-Bug Embosser
The layers are raised on foam pads.
It was such a pain taking a picture of it - the camera focused stubbornly on the shiny gold and totally ignored the embossed background. 
Couture Creations CO723025 Marianne Design Lr0139 Lr0236 Scor-Bug Embosser
I used:
  • Couture Creations CO723025 Lovingly Baroque, 5x7 Embossing Folder
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0139 Profile
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0236 Anja`S Grote Ovaal 
  • Scor-Bug Embosser 
This is it, really. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Butterfly Pillow Box. We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board Modified.

This box was created for Challenge #74 "Een tasje of doosje met vlinders erop" at Scr@p-Cards Challenge-Blog.

I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board to create the box. The board itself offers only one width for all pillow boxes which I find a little awkward. A slight modification to the board would have made it a lot more universal. Strange that they stuck with the limitation. Anyways, for now, we'll have to use what's available - our own creativity. :-) So, I made my box a little wider. Closed, it now measures 12x9 cm (LxW)
We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board Modified.
We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board Modified.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

25th (Silver) Wedding Anniversary Gift Certificate/Cash Envelope

I used the Dutch Doobadoo Envelope template because the size of the envelope (86 x 175mm) suited the purpose perfectly. The paper is silver (looks kind of goldish in this picture, but that's the lighting, sorry :)
Dutch Doobadoo 470.713.003 Marianne Design col 1337 lr0159 Lr0272 Joy!Crafts 6003/0015 Darice 1218-69
The internal tag is just a few millimeters narrower and shorter. The little envelope on the tag is Marianne Design Collectables col 1337. It creates a pocket to hold a gift certificate or some cash.
Dutch Doobadoo 470.713.003 Marianne Design col 1337 lr0159 Lr0272 Joy!Crafts 6003/0015 Darice 1218-69
Dutch Doobadoo 470.713.003 Marianne Design col 1337 lr0159 Lr0272 Joy!Crafts 6003/0015 Darice 1218-69
To make both sides of the tag hole look neat follow the instructions here.

I used:
  • Dutch Doobadoo 470.713.003 Envelope Stencil
  • Marianne Design Collectables col 1337 Envelope
  • Marianne Design Creatables lr0159 Hearts
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0272  Anja`S Vintage Frame 
  • Joy!Crafts Stencil Vintage Flourishes - Corner 6003/0015
  • Darice 1218-69 Embossing Folder, Circle Interlock Design - the internal surface of the small envelope is embossed
PS Detail: 
All but one decorative elements are die cut, not embossed. It was a pain to glue them neatly :) I used wet glue because I know certain people tend to keep certain gifts for sweet memories of the events forever, however the glue of double-sided tapes or such-like adhesives may dry out with time and the whole thing will literally fall apart. Sometimes within a year. Probably there are brands that are more reliable, but this was not the occasion for me to try it out.

If you know for sure that your card won't have to be kept forever, use double-sided tape or double-sided sheets instead of wet glue for intricate dies or smaller pieces like individual letters etc.

Friday, 8 May 2015

M for Mother's Day.

Lea'bilities 45.0577 Scor-Bug Embosser Floral Stitch Ef6-Fstch Joy!Crafts 6002/0378 6002/0136 6002/0385 6002/0403 Memory Box #815 Marianne Design Col1380 Cr1266 Lr0270 Lr 0271 lr0263 Lr0157 lr0150 Lr0192 lr0162 Nellie SnellenSd045 Flp027 FLP031 FLP011
This particular card was used eventually as a Mother's Day card, thus M as the sentiment. It could have been a Birthday or any other occasion, though. Bearing a lot of flowers it's quite universal.

I used:
  • Leane Creatief Lea'bilities "Flower 008" 45.0577 
  • Scor-Bug Embosser
  • Crafters Companion Embossalicious Embossing Folders 6x6 - Floral Stitch Ef6-Fstch
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0378 feather
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0136 ~ Fleur-De Lys (Corner 2)~ Joy Crafts
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0385 Stencil - Roll Up Roses 
  • Joy! Crafts mery`s stencil - basic joy!crafts 6002/0403
  • Memory Box; Grand Madison Window #815
  • Die-Namics Mini Royal Roses 
  • Marianne Design Collectables Col1380 vintage alphabet 
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1266 - - Birds Trellis
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0270 Anja`S Vintage Ornaments 2
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr 0271 Anja`S Vintage Swirls 
  • Marianne Design Creatables lr0263 Parasol
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0157 Decorative Elegance Lavender
  • Marianne Design Creatables lr0150
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0192 Leaves
  • Marianne Design Creatables lr0162 english rose 
  • Nellie Snellen Nellie’s Choice Shape Die - Flowers-2 Sd045
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch - Set Small Rose Flower - Nellie Snellen Flp027
  • Nellie Snellen Floral punch jumbo set FLP031 rose leaves
  • Nellie Snellen Floral punch set jumbo blad-1 FLP011
PS Detail:
Chalks. I experimented with chalks on the flowers. OK. I've tried it once and I am not going to do it again. Preferably ever. The biggest problem was to combine chalking the flowers and watering them. I always spray flowers a little for better molding. The wet chalk created a rather unsightly effect of dirtiness rather than anything else. Kind of expected, but still disappointing, I had had hopes it might just alter the color very slightly. No luck there. I still used some victims of my experiment on the card though, after adding some lining.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Nellie Snellen Cameo Punches. Two Cards for Mother's Day.


Hello World!
I am Lena. I am a crafter and I will be posting the cards that I make here.
These two I've made for my mom and my mother-in-law for the coming Mother's Day.
Marianne Design Lr0356 Joy!Crafts 6002/0146 6002/0316 6002/0149 6002/0258 6002/0133 6002/0304 MFD055 CAMP001 CAMP004 CAD002 CAD004 Nellie`s Cameo
Marianne Design Lr0356 Joy!Crafts 6002/0146 6002/0316 6002/0149 6002/0258 6002/0133 6002/0304 MFD055 CAMP001 CAMP004 CAD002 CAD004 Nellie`s Cameo
I used:
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0356 Tiny's Butterflies 1
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0146 Rectangle Frame Die
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0316 Border Edge Die
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0149 Border
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0258 Oval 
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0133 Fleur de Lys Border
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0304 Oval 
  • Nellies Multi Frame Die MFD055 Straight round 
  • Cameo Punch set Nellie Snellen - Medium set vintage flower CAMP001 
  • Cameo Punch set Nellie Snellen - Jumbo set vintage lady CAMP004 
  • CAD002 Nellie`s Cameo Dies - jumbo star-flower oval frames 
  • CAD004 Nellie`s Cameo Dies - medium vintage oval frames 
PS.Detail Dimensional Laque and Cameo Punches:
Royal Coat Dimensional Magic
The Button look is achieved by applying transparent Royal Coat Dimensional Magic laque. It dries clear and adds dimension and shine.
Cameo Punches from Nellie Snellen
The lovely cameos are made with Cameo Punches from Nellie Snellen. The detail I want to draw your attention to, though, is the pierced edge of one of the layers. One way to create this effect is to use a special ruler with holes. I had done it for ages before I got myself a nice little tool called SCOR-BUG Embosser. A lot faster! :) And just as good looking.

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