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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big Embossed Poinsettia

Hello Bloggers,

Another Christmas card today. I've had this Crafters Companion Poinsettia set of dies for years. I used it back in the day, but not too much, because the flower that it makes is HUGE! This year, I just made the whole card bigger :)
 I gilded the embossed petals with some gilding wax to let the embossing stand out more.


Used:
  • Crafters Companion - Festive Wonder - Sara Davies Signature Collection - Pretty Poinsettia S-FM-MD-PP
  • Joy!Crafts  6003/0069 Vintage Flourishes - Hinges
  • Yvonne Creations YCD10056 Vrolijk Kerstfeest 
  • Marianne Design LR0438 Creatables - Petra's Larix
  • Marianne Design LR0437 Creatables – Petra's Twigs
  • Spellbinders S4-377 Shapeabilities: Fancy Framed Tags One
Challenges:
  1. The Flower Challenge: The Flower Challenge #27 'Use an Older Stamp or Die'
  2. Christmas or Winter Theme - use a Metal Die | ModSquadChallenge
  3. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #400 ~ Happy Holidays
  4. Use Your Stuff: Challenge #341 - Christmas/Holidays
  5. Crafty Cardmakers: #224 Christmas
  6. Cut It Up: Challenge #163 - Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe (horizontal middle line)
  7. little red wagon: Challenge #477 ~ All Things Christmas



Merry Christmas and
Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Very Shiny Christmas Trees

Hello Bloggers,

A  Christmas card today, with a whole bunch of very shiny Christmas trees of  different sorts. The ones on the right are just mirri board, and the ones on the left are colored and glittered, and then colored and glittered again, which adds some depth to their icy looks, I hope. :)
The blue paper in the middle is stamped with Christmas cheer texts and glittered. Of course :)
The Angel is one of the Nellie's Choice 3 Angels. I love these dies!

Used:
  • Nellie's Choice - Hobby Solution Die Angel with Trumpet HSDJ013
  • Yvonne Creations YCD10053 Traditional Christmas Die Snowy Tree 
  • Leane Creatief Lea'bilities Pine Tree 45.8947 
  • Marianne Design LR0395 Creatables - Wave Borders 
  • Marianne Design CR1345 Craftables - Ice Crystals Arch
  • Marianne Design Lr0125 Creatables  Christmas Finnish Ice Star
  • Craft Emotions 115633/0167 Owl Hedgehog Squirrel
  • Memory Box Star Of Wonder Die # 98167
  • Joy! Crafts 6410/0106 Merry Christmas

Challenges:
  1. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #110 - Snowflakes
  2. Moving Along With The Times: 86. Anything Christmas - Caz
  3. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 130 - Christmas
  4. Crafty Cardmakers: #224 Christmas
  5. Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #29 - December Anything Goes
  6. A Vintage Journey: December Challenge: Star Light Star Bright
  7. Winter Wonderland: End of Year Anything Christmas Goes!
  8. Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: LTSCB #116 - Season's Greetings!
  9. Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #5 - December Anything Christmas Goes
  10. Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog: Shopping Our Stash #384 - Tis The Season
  11. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Challenge 495 - 13th of December – Anything Goes
  12. Sketch Saturday: Week #543 with Scrap N'Dipity


Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Turquoise Gilded Christmas Card

Hello Bloggers,

a very golden Christmas card today. In weird colors :)

I started with coloring the Merry Xmas fishtail banners, loved the result, and simply had to follow the color scheme. :)
 The background is cardstock embossed with an embossing folder and gilded with some wax.
The flowers are sprayed with some water diluted golden paint. Once dry it happened to end up very shiny :)
... still wondering if Christmas Poinsettia can be this color... at least on a card :)

Used:
  • Joy! Crafts 6002/0386 Banners 
  • Marianne Design COL1393 Collectable Eline`s Poinsettia 
  • Marianne Design Cr1271 Craftables - Anja's Decoration
  • Crafter's Companion Ef6-Patch Embossalicious Embossing Folder Christmas Patchwork
Challenges:
  1. Use Your Stuff: Challenge #339: Silver and Gold
  2. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #398 ~ Choose a 2018 Sketch (grey/pink on the right)
  3. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 129 - NON Traditional Christmas Colours
  4. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: Challenge #226 - Winter/Christmas
  5. Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Every 1st and 3rd Monday: Dec 3rd - Dec 15th CREATE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND
  6. The Crafty Addicts: Challenge 55
  7. The Flower Challenge: The Flower Challenge #27 'Use an Older Stamp or Die' (all the dies I used here are rather old :)
  8. Mix It Up Challenge Blog: MIUCB #20 - Anything Goes + No Stamping
  9. Crafty Calendar Challenge : December Challenge - 'It's Christmas Time'
  10. Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round: DECEMBER Challenge-Anything Goes
  11. The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: Challenge #48: Anything Goes Christmas



Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hello Autumn

Hello Bloggers,

An Autumn card today.

I used watercolors to create the background layer, and added some golden splatters. Love the shine :)
The mushrooms and the word Hello are colored with glitter gel pens. The die-cut word Autumn actually has 4 layers:orange-gold-orange-white! And some glitter on top of it all :)
 I also added some sequins and clear liquid pearls (sort of rain drops for the season?)

Used:
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/1084 Bubbels & Seam
  • Joy!Crafts - 6002/0551 Seasons
  • Creative Expressions - Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Mini Expressions - Hello & Hi CEDME004
  • Studio Light - Beautiful Flowers StencilBF06
  • Cheery Lynn Designs - Grass Border Die - B126
  • Mushroom clear stamps
Challenges:
  1. Mix It Up Challenge Blog: MIUCB #18 - Anything Goes + Monochrome
  2. Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #27 - October Anything Goes
  3. Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: LTSCB #114 - Fall Back
  4. House of Cards: October Challenge: Autumn Flowers and/or Colors
  5. More Mixed Media Challenge: More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes with optional Orange
  6. Crafty Calendar Challenge : October Challenge - 'Autumn'
  7. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 126 - Autumn
  8. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #107 - Anything Fall



Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Monday, October 8, 2018

LOTs of Die Cuts Card

Hello Bloggers,

a bright pink card today, with lots and lots of die cuts :)

The starting point was the combination of the Joy!Crafts 6002/0357 Border and the Marianne Design Creatables Lr0300 Anja’s Border (at the top) and the eye-poking colored papers. I even had to use some white modelling paste with a stencil to soften the bright pink a bit :)
I used some Seed Beads to finish the flowers, and some liquid pearls to make the stamens matching the color of the leaves.  
 Added some glitter and pearls. Never too much :)

Used:
  • Joy!Crafts Vintage Doily Border Die 6002/0366
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0357 Border 
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0300 Anja’s Border
  • Marianne Design COL1394 Collectables Eline's Helleboras
  • Creative Expressions Craft Dies By Sue Wilson - Gemini Collection - Perseus Ced4407
  • Creative Expressions Craft Dies By Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches - Delicate Fronds Ced1426
  • Cheery Lynn Designs  DL278 Horizon Fishtail Banners 
  • Cheery Lynn Designs - Pair of Ferns - B118
  • Leane Creatief Lea'bilities "Flower 008" 45.0577 
  • Memory Box Botanical Stem Die # 99088
  • Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - Garden Greens
  • Dee's Distinctively Dies - Stylized Floral
  • ScrapBerry's Stencil Mask Napkin Pattern SCB53100021
Challenges:
  1. Always Fun Challenges: Challenge #79 "Lots of Layers"
  2. Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog: SOS 374: Pearls are always appropriate
  3. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #106 - Anything Goes using dies by companies carried at the DRU Store
  4. Crafting With Friends: Challenge 74
  5. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 125 - Anything Goes
  6. Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #27 - October Anything Goes
  7. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October 2018 challenge
  8. Crafty Cardmakers: #219 Lace or Ribbon (will die-cut paper lace count?)


Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Monday, September 17, 2018

9th Birthday Card

Hello Bloggers,

A birthday card for a very young lady today.

Flowers, hearts, stars, keys to open all the doors. Lots of pink :)
 The language is Dutch. I used a label maker with some plastic tape to create the text strips.
 The letter/tag in the tiny envelope is actually a separate loose piece that can be pulled out, and there are, of course, some warm and fuzzy words written on the back of it. :)
 The key is glazed. I used some liquid glazing.

Used:
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0131  Open Flower Trendy 
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0132  Open Flowers Hip 
  • Marianne Design - Limited Edition - Balloon PP1401
  • Marianne Design Cr1260 Craftables Zipper
  • Marianne Design LR0159 Creatables Hearts
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1211 Envelope
  • Marianne Design Lr0192 Creatables Leaves 
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0403 Mery’s Stencil – Basic Square x4
  • Joy!Crafts 6003/0040 Vintage Flourishes - Keys
  • Joy!Crafts 1201/0006 - Lin & Lene Design - Border Hearts
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0246 Labels
  • Spellbinders Card Creator Borderabilities Curved Borders 2 - S5201
Challenges:
  1. Dream Valley Challenges: Challenge # 186 - Girlie
  2. As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Girl or Boy (and why)  - I love making girly "jumble" style cards
  3. A Gem of A Challenge: Challenge #227 "One for the Girls/Ladies"
  4. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #105 - What's Your Number?
  5. House of Cards: September Challenge: Birthday Theme and/or Colors
  6. Mix It Up Challenge Blog: MIUCB #17 - Anything Goes + Layering
  7. Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #26 - September Anything Goes
  8. Crafty Gals Corner: Challenge #174 ~ 3+ Layers



Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blue And Stars



This card made it to the Top 3 @Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #103!!! And @Let's Craft and Create: Challenge #140 - ANYTHING GOES + option LOTS OF LAYERS (#58 is me :)

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Hello Bloggers,

A masculine card again today. With tags, too :)
 I added some cheese cloth and used modelling paste and a couple of stencils to create some texture.
The sentiment says "Proficiat", i.e. Happy Birthday. I used a label maker and some rather transparent plastic tape to create it. It barely shows in the photo, but in the real life it's a lot more prominent. :)

Used:
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/2050 Happy Christmas - Stars
  • Joy!Crafts 6003/0039 Vintage Flourishes - Sleutels (2st) 
  • Joy!Crafts  6003/0069 Vintage Flourishes - Hinges
  • Dutch Doobadoo masking stencils 
Challenges:
  1. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 121 - Anything Goes
  2. Allsorts challenge blog: Week 480/1 - From Boys to Men
  3. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #382 ~ Birthday Wishes
  4. Cardz 4 Galz: Challenge #78 Dies and or Punches
  5. Double D Challenges: The Moon & The Stars
  6. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #103 - You are a STAR! (Joy!Crafts dies. I'm so sorry I cannot always use the brands that you offer in your store! The reason is I am geographically too far away - Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and we mostly have different brands here. But I love die-cutting, and I love your challenge blog, so I keep participating :)
  7. Moving Along With The Times: 78. Texture - Hazel
  8. House of Cards: August Challenge: Use Patterned Paper and/or Colors
  9. Let's Craft and Create: Challenge #140 - ANYTHING GOES + option LOTS OF LAYERS
  10. More Mixed Media Challenge: More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes with optional Brights

Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Friday, August 3, 2018

Masculine Card With Tags

This card made it to the Chicks Top Picks @4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #414 Music!






Hello Bloggers,

A masculine birthday card today. Thus, no flowers, no pink, no fluffy stuff...

How do you make a card for a guy, who is not into fishing?!! :)

My recipe for this one is: black and white, tags and a dragonfly (no butterflies!)
I used an ancient embossing folder with what seemed to me a "man compatible" pattern to make one of the tags - just inked the folder inside and ran it through the machine, it's an old technique. Made me happy, though, as it added some texture and "unflattened" the card.

String in the tags, no ribbons... (mental mantra "no-fluffy-stuff-no-flowers-no-fluffy-stuff-no-flowers-no-fluffy-stuff-no-flowers...")

Why are masculine cards so difficult?!!!    :-)

Used:
  • Joy!Crafts 6410/0308 Stamps Tekst Eng
  • Studio Light STAMPSL187 Clear Cling BASIC Background Stamp No.187 
  • Marianne Design Craftables - Stitch Passepartout - Rectangle CR1390
  • Unknown brand very old embossing folder and a dragonfly stamp

Challenges:
  1. Allsorts challenge blog: Week 278/9 - Tags
  2. 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge Blog : 4 Crafty Chicks #414 Music
  3. Back to Basics and Beyond Challenges: Challenge #8 Use an Embossing Folder (the black tag)
  4. Double D Challenges: Don't Bug Me
  5. Moving Along With The Times: 77. For the boys
  6. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 121 - Anything Goes
  7. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #380 ~ Anything Goes (MD CR1390 tags)


Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July Card

Hello Bloggers,

A Christmas card today. No July can pass without one! :)

After staring at this beautiful green paper for a very very long time I decided I wanted to make a card that shows it off. Properly.

So, here is the only patterned paper I've used on this card. The white layer is rather pierced.
 The words Happy and Wishes come from a Happy Birthday set, but I replaced the word birthday with Winter from a totally different set. :)

Used:

  • Creative Expressions - Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Perspectives Collection - Happy (CED8301)
  • Joy!Crafts - 6002/0551 Seasons
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0300 Anja’s Border
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0182  Ornament & Bell


Challenges:

  1. Christmas Card Throwdown: July Theme Challenge - Non-Traditional Christmas Card (Happy Birthday text dies + Seasons text dies = Christmas sentiment)
  2. Crafty Catz: Crafty catz #426 challenge ATG n Dies or punches
  3. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Challenge 477 - 19th of July – Christmas
  4. Christmas In July | ModSquadChallenge
  5. Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog: SOS 362 : Christmas in July!
  6. Crafty Sentiments Designs: Add a sentiment Challenge
  7. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #378 ~ Lots of Layers
  8. Crafty Gals Corner: Challenge #170 ~ Christmas in July
  9. The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: Challenge #43: ANYTHING GOES
  10. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog: July Challenge
  11. Use Your Stuff: Challenge #322 - Anything Goes (with a title or a sentiment)


Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mixed Media Birthday Card

This card made it to the Top 3 @C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!!!




Hello Bloggers,

a very fluffy card today :)

I added some not exactly very floral layers into the flowers, and this is the result of it :)
Modelling paste, threads, buttons, tiny balls, inking, stamping, sequins, a whole bunch of die-cuts...
This card is of a really not-standard size and shape, so I had to use my envelope calculator to make an envelope for it. Successfully! Lots of thanks again and again to my dear husband who made this wonderful tool for me!


Used:
  • Leane Creatief Lea'bilities "Flower 008" 45.0577 
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0331 - Leaf 1
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0332 - Leaf 2
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0478 Doily Round
  • Viva Decor – Patchy - Silicone Embossing Mould - Decorative Scroll #42
  • Viva Décor – Patchy - Silicone Embossing Mould - Decorative Scroll #41
  • Studio Light - Beautiful Flowers StencilBF06
  • Studio Light - Romantic Botanic Clear Cling Background Stamp STAMPRB225
  • Marianne Design - Creatables - Lace Border LR0507
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil GOTHIC THS026
Challenges:
  1. pile it on: Pile It On #144: Vintage/Retro
  2. Allsorts challenge blog: Week 476/477 - Flowers all over
  3. Craftaholics R Us: Challenge # 28 TURQUOISE
  4. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #101 - Birthdays 
  5. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: Challenge #216 - Green & Pink
  6. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: Challenge 476 - 12th of July – Shabby Chic
  7. Floral Birthday with Kitchen Sink Stamps | ModSquadChallenge
  8. Hobbywinkel De Egel: Juli challenge # 61
  9. Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper July 2018 challenge
  10. Use Your Stuff: Use your Stuff challenge # 321 - Birthday

Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Monday, July 9, 2018

Girl's Dream Jumble Card

This card is the winner @ Crafty Calendar Challenge!

And it made it to the Top 5 @ Crafty Cardmakers!



Hello Bloggers,

A girly stuff card today. I know it's all kind of jumbled up :) Well, anyways... dreams are not necessarily always organized and orderly, are they?

I just used a bunch of die-cuts in their original form - cut and embossed only, no extra inking or anything.

Finished with only a couple of pearls, this card was to travel a long way, so I tried to keep it as flat as possible.


Used:
  • Marianne Design Craftables Cr1220 Eiffel Tower
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0328 Presents
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0293 Oval Frame
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0230 Sea Shells
  • Marianne Design Creatables Lr0248 Tiny’s Flowers 1 
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0319 Fashion Bag 1
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0148 Corner
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0226 Perfume Bottle
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0293 Feathers
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0357 Border 
  • Joy!Crafts 6410/0031 Postcard Stamp 
  • Crealies Creative Flowers die no.2 - CLCF02
Challenges:
  1. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: Challenge #215 - Pretty In Pink
  2. Crafty Calendar Challenge : July Challenge 'Totally Girly'
  3. Crafty Cardmakers: #215 At Least Two Dies/Punches or One of Each
  4. Dream Valley Challenges: Challenge # 182 - All Things Bright and Bautiful
  5. Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: Challenge #280 July 2018 (the background is composed of two Joy!Crafts patterned papers - pink and brown)
  6. 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge Blog : 4 Crafty Chicks #410 Birthday (the writing on the stamped postcard says Happy Birthday)
  7. Always Fun Challenges: Challenge 66
  8. Crafty Sentiments Designs: Bright Colors Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!
Lena

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thank You Card. Bedankt.

The major inspiration for this card was the beautiful Marianne Design Creatables Lr0300 Anja`s Border. It's a very pretty die, yet I find it a little tricky to use. It's rather specific and not easy to show off. This is my attempt to create something unusual with it. :)
Marianne Design Lr0300 Lr0229 Lr0150 Lr0192 Joy!Crafts 6002/0263 Nellie Snellen FLP031 FLP011 Provo Craft Alphabet #11255187
The roses are punched and so are the lovely 3D leaves around them. The Nellie Snellen Floral Punches are great!  
Marianne Design Lr0300 Lr0229 Lr0150 Lr0192 Joy!Crafts 6002/0263 Nellie Snellen FLP031 FLP011 Provo Craft Alphabet #11255187

Used:
  • Marianne Design Lr0300 Creatables Anja`s Border
  • Marianne Design Lr0229 Creatables 
  • Marianne Design Lr0150 Creatables 
  • Marianne Design Lr0192 Creatables Leaves
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0263 Stencil Tak Nr.1
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Jumbo Set FLP031 Rose Leaves
  • Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Set Jumbo Blad-1 FLP011
  • Provo Craft Cuttlekids Fairy Alphabet Dies #11255187
PS Detail: Nellie Snellen Floral Punches
I love these punches. They are not cheap, but the elements they produce are really beautiful. Look at the leaves! They are not embossed - they are really 3D!
These Cameo Punches are from the same family. Lovely!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Bunnies


This card won the Easter Challenge @ "Fab 'n' Funky" Challenges!






Hello Bloggers,

another Easter card today. For Easter, obviously :)

Recently, I've purchased this new Joy!Crafts 6002/1023 set of dies and I think it makes the most adorable bunnies!

Somehow, today, they appear in rather .. unconventional for bunnies colors on my card :)

I used the iStencils Repeat Wall Stencil with some pearl effect modelling paste to add more texture to the background, as well as some beads and sequins-like shiny flowers. And of course, some glitter :)

Happy Easter, everyone!

Used:
  • Joy!Crafts - 6002/1023 Mon Ami Roger
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0158 Floral Flourishes Flower 3
  • Joy!Crafts 6002/0162 Vintage Borders Swirl Leaves 
  • Joy! Crafts 6002/0595 Flower Round
  • Memory Box Botanical Stem Die # 99088
  • iStencils Repeat Wall Stencil 09-00018 R
Challenges:
  1. Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: challenge #387 Easter
  2. little red wagon: Challenge 439 - Hippity Hoppity
  3. Scrapping4funChallenges: Challenge 112 Easter / Soft Colours
  4. Crafty Cardmakers: #208 Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs
  5. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge: Challenge #208 - Spring Flowers
  6. Dies R Us Challenge: Challenge #94 - Anything Goes Dies R Us
  7. Die Cuttin Divas: Ch #362 ~ Easter
  8. ~Jo's Scrap Shack~: FFC #227 Always Anything goes with LBBS!
  9. Crafty Catz: Crafty Catz challenge 410
  10. Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #328 - #329 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Lena
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