Saturday, May 30, 2015


I am entering this in the challenge on 
1. De Stempelwinkel - numbers
There is a smal number in the stamp (Non/sequiter) I used, but to add some more numbers, I used a rub-on. 

Je bent geslaagd !

 Zwarte bister is zo verrassend! 
Gebruik dan ook nog eens chloor om de bloemen 'wit' te maken, en je komt voor nóg een verrassing te staan. 

Mooi, of niet, de klaproos?!
Het is een van de nieuwste stempels van Inkerbell, ook de tekst!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

12 tags of 2015 - May

Just in time for the May tag from Tim Holtz!
I didn't think I would enjoy this month's tag, but actually I did, 
This really isn't a copy of Tim's tag, but I like the softness of the colors here, and chose to not add more text, and embellishments. 

I am entering this in the challenge on 
1. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
2. Mixed media world - vintage

I used one of the new TCW stencils to add the structure paste: a nice textural and very versatile stencil. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project - week 12

Are you ready for an art journal page ? 
Real messy, and a lot of steps! So grab some coffee! 

For my LOVE of stencils and color!

NOTE - I use a bigger page, but narrow it down with sticky paper to 18 by 25 centimeters. It gives a white edge to the art journal page. I kind of like that! 

Steps picture 1.
Add a layer of gesso to the page. Leave to dry. 
Cut a swirl out of magazine paper, and adhere it to your page. Leave to dry. 
Dab black acrylic paint through the Sketch Grid stencil. Leave to dry. 
Scribble marks on the background, I used a black pen to scribble some journaling. 
Add a black edge to the swirl with a black acrylic pen. 

Steps picture 2.
Sponge yellow and green acrylic paint to the background with the Harlequin stencil. 
Remove the stencil. 
Use the same sponge to color some areas with the same colors of acrylic paints.  

Steps picture 3. 
Sponge with distress ink worn lipstick over the background. Don't fill it all up. 
Spray water at the top of the page and let the water run downwards on your page. It will make your distress ink run. 
Leave to dry. 

 Steps picture 4.
Add some white gesso over the page to tone down some areas with an old credit card. Scribble in it with the edge of the card to add some texture! Leave to dry.
Adhere torn strips of tissue wrap to the left side as shown. 
Add gesso with a tip to the edges of the upper part of the swirl, to accentuate the edge. Leave to dry. 
Accentuate the rest of the edges of the swirl with a white acrylic marker. 

Steps picture 5
Add watered-down blue acrylic to the upper part of the swirl, and dry brush it to the edges of the page as well! 
Splat some blue paint to the page. 
Leave to dry.
Remove the sticky paper, see how crisp the edges of the page are now? 

Picture 6.   
Finished? No!

 Steps picture 7
Add some color to a few of the sequins with a watercolor pencil to make them pop. Doodle around the sequins and the stencilled harlequins with a white acrylic marker!

At this stage I added in writing : 
" Life is... focussing on what matters ! "

Steps picture 8
Cut out a few more sequins from the magazine page and adhere to left hand side of the page to get some balance to the page.  Cover them with watered down gesso. Leave to dry. To make them pop too, see steps with picture 7. 
Cover all the sequins with glossy accents to make them glossy and stand out. 
Adhere 3 custom made clay buttons to the page. 
Tie scrappers' floss to the holes of the buttons.


To be able to see the depth, I added a light source to photograph the page. 

Look at those yummy buttons. 

 They were stamped into (with my own text stamp!) before the clay air dryed. 

 Look at all that rich color!

I LOVE the effect of the glossy accents, but look at the stencilled harlequins as well! They're awesome!

I hope you've enjoyed and go grab some stencils! 

Have you seen the newest stencils from The Crafter's Workshop yet? 
Next time I will be using (some of) them, so stay tuned!

I am entering this in the challenge on
1. Simon Says Work It  Wednesday - rainbow colors
2. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
3. Stamps and Stencils  - three of a kind (the buttons, 3 of them)
4. Stampotique SDC194 - stencils
5.  Original Documented life project - week 12

Stencils used:
TCW456s - Sketch Grid stencil
TCW202 - Harlequin

Monday, May 25, 2015

Apple blossoms are promisng ..

 The stamp of the apple blossom must be one of my favorites from the new release at Magenta.
De appelbloesem stempel is een van mijn nieuwe favoriete stempels van Magenta! 

The drops stamp makes a suitable background, as it's spring here in Holland: 
a lot of spring showers fall from the sky... 
.. and blossom flowers from the trees! They promise fruit..
The sentiment from Inkerbell says 'it's time for a party'!

De stempel met druppels vormt wel een toepasselijke achtergrond, omdat het lente is hier in Nederland:
heelwat regendruppels vallen uit de lucht en ....bloesem uit de bomen! Ze beloven fruit... 
Tijd voor een feestje (Inkerbell Stamps)

STAMPS USED: (click on picture)

Apple Blossom

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project - week 15

Playtime for me again! 
 I am doing the Original Documented life project, the April theme being : 
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
 Art challenge : Acrylics
The Journal Prompt:    Cry me a River

So this is another art journal page of 18 x 25 centimeters! 
 I messed around with acrylic color, stencils, stamps and jute...
..and tissue wrap, and acrylic markers.. 
I used stencils from TCW, but they're not too visibly used here... 

Hope you like it!

I am entering this in the challenge at
1. Simon Says stamp - X, Y or Z - I chose Y for yellow
2. The Artistic Stamper - art journal

Monday, May 18, 2015

A new favorite stamp - the wren!

 Of course this wren stamp is my favorite from the new catalog of Magenta! 
( It's my own design... )

I started by choosing a piece of scrapbookpaper from Magenta. It has this soft grey background. 
I decided to stamp the wren in light grey, and heat embossed with clear embossing to make it more defined. 
The background already had some rusty accnts so I chose rusty hinge distress ink to sponge with. 
I made some of the images pop more with a white acrylic marker!


PRODUCTS USED from Magenta: (click on picture)
(Ellie Knol design:)

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project - week 14

Playtime for me again! 
 I am doing the Original Documented life project, the April theme being : 
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
 Art challenge Watercolors
The Journal Prompt:    It's Water Under the Bridge
Another art journal page of approx. 18x25 cm!
 I chose to keep it simple this time. 
I let the watercolors and paper do it's work.  (o, yes, and the household wrap!) 

I added a script in the background as the 'journaling'. 
I did not use the Journal prompt on this page. Sorry, no bridge, LOL. 

The flowers were drawn very lightly with pencil before filling in the background. I only had to draw them with an acrylic pen then. Easy Peasy! 
I used 250 grams watercolorpaper. 

I am entering this in the challenge on:
1.  The Artistic Stamper - art journal
2. Stampotique designers challenge - Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue - (the watercolors are old, the text  stamp is new, and it's blue all over, and ...  o yes, I borrowed some foil from the kitchen)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project - week 13

 I am doing the Original Documented life project, the March theme was: 
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
 Art challenge Make a Custom Element
The Journal Prompt:    "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." - Gabrielle Roth

Another art journal page of approx. 18x25 cm!
 The wren is (one of) my new stamp designs at Magenta. So that is what is the custom element on this page .. hope that counts. I used the word OWN from the journal prompt. The script in the background is also my own (design).
The stencil in the background of the clocks and script is from TCW!

I am entering this in the challenge at
1. The Artistic Stamper - art journal


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project - week 9

My first ever design team post for The Crafter's Workshop! 
Hope you will enjoy! 
Maybe you would like to leave me (and other teammates) some love on the 
The Crafter's Workshop blog
Remember - we create for you (and for ourselves of course!)! 
This is an art journal page of 18 x 25 centimeters!

I am doing the Original Documented life project, the February* theme was: 
Layers You Will Love!
 Art challenge for the 9th week:  Using at Least Five Layers
The prompt is: Give Me a  High Five

*I've already done a few weeks after this one, but had to wait to post this page. I am behind, but not that far!

1st layer -  use this page from leftover distress inks from craft sheet; adhere it to the page. See the torn edge at the top? 
2nd  layer - sponge with black distress inks over a stencil, also the script. 
3rd layer - structure paste over a stencil (script)
4th layer - sponge the butterflies onto a separate piece of cardstock, in several purple distress inks, heat emboss with clear, cut out and adhere over the black sponged butterflies.  
5th layer - add purple distress stickles over the seed heads and bodies of the butterflies. 
6th layer - sponge the purple colors (distress inks) onto the background.  
7th layer - add finishing touches like white edges with a white acrylic marker. 

All stencils used are from The Crafter's Workshop!  

Blogpost as   
'The Crafter’s Workshop' Design Team Member


I am entering this in the challenge at
2. Original Documented life project - using at least 5 layers

Friday, May 8, 2015

Reminder for the Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge - May

Some more inspiration from the team today!

Remember, the challenge for the Craft Stamper's Take It Make It challenge May 2015  is : 'Take A Stamp' : Any stamped creation!

COME join in the fun!  See the bottom of this post to see what you can win!

 A lot of stamping on here!
The background has been made with acrylic paints, and also been stamped into (with a sponge) with red acrylic paint.
I added some watered-down gesso to tone down the background a bit, to make the main image pop more.
The script was stamped onto blotting paper and adhered in strips with decoupage glue.
The butterfly was stamped on a seperate piece of cardstock and cut out, and of course adhered to the card.

The butterfly image is from Stamp Camp 

The prize?

Have fun in joining!

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Some close-ups:

I am entering this in the challenge on
1. Our Creative Corner - April showers bring May flowers
2. Mixed Media Monthly challenge - flowers


(click on picture)