Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mojo Monday 304

Here we go again with a card. This time it is a circle card using the sketch on mojomonday. We have the choice to make a round or a square card.

I went for a scalloped circle and no image or greeting this time. I use my patterned card stock for a nice front. A flowery card it is and it makes me smile.

Enjoy this day:-))

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Pinterest Picture inspiration

This is an awesome idea! At Less is More they use Shoes for inspiration this week.

And now that I think of a shoe rubber stamp, I do remember to have a vintage shoe rubber stamp. Just couldn't remember it when I needed it:-) So I used the Forever Young cartridge for some shoes. Here is the picture (don't mind my colourful background:-)

Don't criticize me!

This is the prompt of a swap I host. I will not say too much on this subject; I guess we all have our experiences in life. My request to you: don't criticize others (badly). I understand we are human and that criticizing is just a part of us (?). But we can reduce it a lot. Think about it. Let's make life easier for each other:-)

On the other hand we could use good or positive critique is something we should learn to embrace. It makes us aware of the challenges is life, learns us to improve, learns us to think (how to be better, to find alternative ways to do/solve things). Maybe we should embrace critique more, despite of the negative tone...

Holiday Present Gift tags

Holidays are coming .... holidays are coming:-)

Well, usually I am not so early making stuff for holidays. Not at all!! I don't like to plan a lot... I like to take life easy as it comes. I still have to plan a little bit .... can't live without any planning nowadays, hahaha.

I had to create three holiday present gift tags for my partner and I struggled with it!! I didn't know which shape, colour or combination. Well, I finally had three tags on my table and they found their way in a cute mail art envelope. Yeah, most of the time I make my envelopes nice ~~ mail art~~. Sharing my tags with you:-)

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge for these two tags. I made tags out of the images: the star and the scalloped circle. For the second tag I also cut out a snowflake with layer. Glued the layer on top of the base and adhered the image in the middle of the star. Nice, isn't it?

And don't you love the cute ribbons? The tags are large enough; about 3".

My favourite tag is the last one. I really did some creativity on this one. I use inks, distressing powders, the Cricut Expression, several cartridges, rubber stamp, clear stamp and ribbon. The base tag is also cut with the Cricut ... hmmm ...  I forgot which cartridge. You can find it on several cartridges. It is a real creation and that's what I love about it:-) To be sent today and hoping my partner likes the tags:-)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Card with a bug or like

Hello everyone! I hope this week has a positive start for you:-)

I have a quick project to share with you. For this challenge I could use a rubber stamp or my Cricut Expression. A you see on the picture I choose the Cricut. Using the Create a Critter cartridge I made this card. The greeting is also from this cartridge I think ... not so sure .... Love this cute ladybug and the colours on this card.

I did my own thing with the greetings. This greeting does not have a shadow feature on the cartridge, so I cut the greeting 1/4" larger. And kind of did my own shadow on the greeting. It did not fit, but, with my daughter's help, I could layer the black cut out and I created a shadow somehow. Love it!!

Cards as gifts

I have a couple of cards I made some years ago. At that moment I somehow felt that these cards were not finished or too beautiful to give away. Well, it's time to give them away:-) I don't have that feeling now and it feels okay. These cards are gifts to my swap partners.

The images are coloured with Prisma colors and Prisma markers. I remember that some old cards were made using Make The Cut! Make The Cut is a program to use with certain cutting machines. I used it with my Cricut Expression. After my laptop shot off (a couple of years ago), I could not use this program with my Cricut Expression anymore. I really miss using this program in combination with my Cricut Expression. Make The Cut really helped me with my creativity. I still have the program, but I can't use it, since I have no other cutting machine.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Creativity on Summer day

I can't deny it .... it is Summer time. It's also almost weekend and tomorrow my last day at work. Then for four weeks I will not think about my work. Yes, vacation time! I am really looking forward to it, because I really need some time for myself:-))
I used the card sketch @ mojomonday.

And here is my entry for the following challenges@

At justinspirationalchallenges the sponsor is pennyblossom. The image on the card is one of her beauty digital images. Of course coloured with Copic markers. I coloured her some days ago and no ingredient written:-( She was waiting to be glued on a nice background. I love the artsy patterned card stocks. No specific brand. This card has no specific destination.

Not much to say today; I'm just enjoying these Summer days and my creativity:-)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recycle washi tape and mail art

What do I have today? A small project: a handmade envelope with six elements added for the Mail Art challenge swap. The challenge did not include a handmade envelope, but I thought it would make a nice background. The envelope is made out of a page of a magazine. The challenge is that my mail art must include six of the twelve following elements:

  • a bird in a nest
  • a person with a cat's face (probably have to cut & paste here!)
  • a flower
  • a children's book illustration
  • text from a magazine
  • an image of food or a recipe
  • a mushroom
  • an Asian image (letter characters of person is acceptable)
  • an elephant or a giraffe
  • something pink
  • rubber stamped image
  • something that glitters

My selection: an elephant, a bird in a nest, a person with a cat face, food, a children's book illustration, text from a magazine and a flower. Well, I was swept away with adding the elements and I was too late to notice that I added seven elements. And still it felt like I should add more ... like an Asian image and a rubber stamped image and something pink and something that glitters ... Well, I could go on and on and on, huh?
I hope my swap partner does not mine;-)

Can washi tape be recycled? Yes, it can! Washi tape is repositionable tape. Do you received crafty envelopes or mail art? Or do you receive snail mail from swappers or friends? Well, if the envelope has washi tape on it, you can re-use the washi tape. I do it all the time. It safes me from buying all different kinds of washi tapes. And some swappers have awesome decorated washi tape, which are either expensive or you can't find in stores nearby. So my tutorial or tip of the day: recycle washi tape and use it on your projects:-))

Don't know how to store these washi tapes? Just take a pen you regularly use and wrap the washi tape around your pen or pencil or anything that suits you. Now you have the washi tape nearby. Since washi tape is repositionable, it won't leave any residue on any material. So after you've used the last piece, you don't have to clean you pen.

Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Finishing a once made background on a page

Somewhere between 2012 and 2013 I did the background of this page. Not knowing what to do with it and just playing around with homemade glimmermist. Today I took two of the stamped images I coloured a while ago to make this page. I like the pretty girl and her dog:-) I used two stencils to give the background some depth. For the bottom of the page I used washi tape; with a yellow Marbau painter marker, a peel-off China marker and a Uniball Signo white gelpen I added some shadings and doodles. Both images are coloured with Copic markers. I used At you Spica gelpens for the girl's hair and on the dog. The journaling was done with a black gelpen and a blue metallic brush marker. Well, a nice page with some glitter effects you can't see on the photo. Oh ... I'm not so glad with the quality of my photo's ... but trust me it does look much better in real:-))


Love .......... live ......... and share:-)

Lucine for Loren: Halloween in Wonderland

Three art journals I will mail to the United Kingdom today. I finished the last art journal I had. It's Loren's with Halloween in Wonderland as theme. There are very nice pages in this journal. Here I share with the page I created for Loren. I wonder how I could mix Halloween with Alice in Wonderland. I assumed Halloween in Wonderland must be a mix of Halloween and Alice in Wonderland. Love this theme as it is another challenge to be creative in a very broad way. Vivid colours can be used on both themes, but one can choose to do Alice in Wonderland in a vintage look. Loren's art journal has black pages, so I used a lot of white in addition to collages. I hope Loren enjoys this page.

Friday, July 19, 2013


Great things about a Round Robin is that someone's art journal passes you. You challenge the theme of your partner and share your page with others. I received Sadie's art journal a couple of weeks ago. The theme of Sadie's art journal is Haiku. So I will create an art journal page for Sadie in her Haiku art journal. Yes, I had to look up what Haiku was. Once heard of it, but I could not remember what it was. It is an interesting poetry style. I came up with several Haiku's and I share my best Haiku's with Sadie in her art journal.

These simple words
life hope trust
where to find

We and trust
it will be found
in our nature

We and hope
it will be given
me to you

We and life
it is given
take and share

Mi Mariposas bonitas
mi te quiero
en mi corazon

Mi Mariposas bonitas
voy a ahorrar
ahora y siempre

Mi Mariposas bonitas
mis hijas bonitas
vivir reir amor

Translation in English:
My beautiful butterflies
I love you
in my heart

My beautiful butterflies
I will carry you
now and always

My beautiful butterflies
my beautiful daughters
live laugh love

Sending love to all of you♥

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Princess for Team Adalia

Christine from brought Adalia to my attention. Yes, I saw her on youtube, but then I didn't know that she has a website where people can donate. At there is a special digital stamp, a princess we can use to make a nice card for Team Adalia. Of course I love to create a nice card for the caring team and for such a beautiful girl. Please join us and support Team Adalia.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

Lots of white space

Another challenge at simplylessismoore. I kept it really simple. No layers and a minimum of additions. In fact the only additions are a cut out from my Cricut Expression, the effect of an embossing folder, the splashes from the Close to My Heart inkpad 'Clover Meadow' and my printer. It is quite a surprise to see how I can create such nice things with a minimum of craft supplies. It prevents me from overdoing the project. It also prevents me from the urge to buy more and more. The best part is that it is very good for my wallet:-)

The challenge is to create a Not Square or Rectangular and it is a one layer challenge. I also have a lot of white space, so I think I did a good job:-) Oh, and I love the greeting on the card. I just came up with it and I used my printer to get it on the card.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Scrapbook me a Card

I used a Besties image for this card. The card base, flower, swirl and branch is cut with the Cricut using the Art Philosophy and Storybook cartridge.

I coloured a lot of image to practice my colouring skills. I sent almost all coloured images to a swap partner. Used markers: Copic markers and Prisma markers. I hope she likes them and find them useful. Images are from The Greeting Farm, Rubbernecker, Viva Las Vegas, Saturated Canary, Sweetpeastamps, deviantart and free images.

Art journal page swap ~ October

Most of us forget to give ourselves a compliment. We should accept flaws, imperfections and be human. Don't listen to the inner critic, but encourage yourself or give yourself a compliment. An art journal page is such a wonderful way to express myself:-)) Would you give yourself a compliment?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Blue and Black Butterfly Birthday Card

Blue and black and a butterfly and a birthday sentiment; quite a lot of ingredients for a handmade card. Oh ... I had to think which sketch too! Well, isn't life about taking things easy? For the sketch I used the sketch on mojomonday. Using the Art philosophy cartridge and my Cricut I came up with the crenated circle; a butterfly rubber stamp from Hero Arts, inkpad from Close To My Heart, Copic markers, ribbon, liquid pearl drops (or whatever they are called) and some embossing powder I made this birthday card. Off to send to the USA. I hope my partner likes this card:-) I like this card:-))

The back of my card.

For the:
Mojomonday - Challenge sketch
Color me Creative - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Anything goes with circles