zaterdag 19 november 2011

You make my life brighter!

My sweetie wanted me to make a card especially for him. "I want an I love you card", he said smiling. So I went to my craft den I spent some time working on this beauty! I used a vanille cardbase, stamped a script background and white embossed it. I used Distress inks to blend a sunset background with yellow, orange, red and pink. I stamped the surfer boy (Greeting farm) and colored him with Copic markers. De sun and sea are patterned papers from Echo Park Yellow and Blue. The sentiment is from Lighten up (There She Goes stamps). I added some Diamond Stickles and a yellow opaque rhinestone for his necklace. Some brads in light blue and dark red finished the project :)

My man loved the card and got tears in his eyes... How adorable!

x Carlijn

zondag 13 november 2011

Crafty Sunday!

I had a lazy sunday full of crafting :-D I made several cards, using different techniques.

I really love the cute snowman (from a Dutch store: Action). I've stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copic markers. The background is stamp with small snowflakes in VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossingpowder. I used several Distress inks and a blender to create the beautilful background :) (Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord). The sentiment is Dutch for 'Happy Holidays'. I liked it so much, that I made another one!

The next card is practically the same, but I used different snowflakes and the deer from I Believe stampset (My Mind's Eye). I added Glossy Accents and a red pearl for it's nose and the i on the sentiment. Also a glitter border on the snowy hill.

I also wanted to use my Silver embossing powder to make a classy Christmas cards. I stamped the Sheet Music background (PTI) and a frame from Collaged Expressions (Inkadinkado). I couldn't find a nice sentiment that fitted inside the frame, but luckily I still had some silver stickers, saying 'Merry Christmas party' in Dutch. I pierced 2 holes on either side of the frame and I threaded the silver tinsel through. As a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents on the inside of frame to give it something extra. I used a shimmering silver cardbase to mount to black cardstock on. It's really dazzling in real life! Because it's relatively easy to make, I made another one. You can never have too many Christmas cards! :-D

For this last, small card I used a piece of kraft cardstock laying on my desk. I needed a small card to thank someone. I tried metallic rub-ons on clear embossed leaves, but the effect is not so splashing as I hoped :-) (I will have to look up some tutorial for using them). I used the leaves as trees, added another scrap of cardstock and a sentiment. I stamped a squirrel and acorn in Memento Rich Cocoa and added Glossy Accents afterwards. It turned out to be a cute, small card!

That's it for today, I still have to finish some chores in the house ;-)

Have a nice evening!

x Carlijn

zondag 6 november 2011

Clean, simple and sparkling!

I fell so in love with the sparkling holiday trees by Julie Ebersole on the Hero Arts blog, that I used the card as an example for my own. My remake looks A LOT like the original, because I like it so much :) Thanks, Julie, for the great inspiration!

I've used a green cardbase, black, blue and white cardstock to create the scene and I stamped two trees with light and dark green Colorbox ink. The trees received a layer of glue, which I dispersed evenly with my finger :P and then I covered the in glitter! I adhered them with dimensional adhesive, for more dimension. The snowy hill also got a line of glitter. The sentimement is Dutch for Happy Holidays.

This card is easily made in bulk and it looks great with all the sparkles! I love it, love it, love it! Hahaha! :)

x Carlijn

vrijdag 4 november 2011

Have a yummy Christmas!

I just made the CUTEST Christmas card ever! Or maybe even the cutest, funniest card ever, haha! I really like the result. I've embossed 3 monsters from the stampset Falling For You (Paper Smooches) in black embossing powder, on patterned paper from Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket). It gives a nice, crisp edge and a pretty shine to the outlines. The mittens are from the same paperpad :) They are got a candy cane, stamped with red ink and traced with a Memento marker Tuxedo Black. A kraft cardbase, extra wide, to fit in a wide envelope I had in my stash. Just added some bakers twine, a red button and an extra candy cane finished the card!

The result is a bunch of Christmas monsters enjoying candy! :-D

This card enters the challenge on the Paper Smooches blog for Christmas cards.
Love those stamps from Paper Smooches! I'd love to have some more :) Should save more money ;)

x Carlijn

donderdag 3 november 2011

Let's hang out!

 Because it's been a while since I made some cards, so I made another card for the 3-16 November Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, using the bat from Falling For You (Paper Smooches).

All bats are white embossed and one of them is paper pieced. I've added bakers twine and googly eyes to add interest.

Because the bats took quite some space, I decided to add the sentiment on the inside: Let's hang out! 

Those eyes make me smile! :-D

Make sure to visit the Paper Smooches website to see all those cute stamps!

Off to bed now! Sleep tight!

x Carlijn

Love you to the core

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For the 3-16 November Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, I've made this window card featuring the stampset Falling For You (Paper Smooches), using the colours navy, peach red and orange.

I've stamped the apple in VersaMark ink onto a piece a Claudine Helmut sticky back canvas and embossed with white embossingpowder.

I coloured the image with Ranger Distress ink in Spicy Marmelade and some Copic markers.

The card base is misted with Mister Huey's Schoolhouse red and I've added some shine to it with Glimmermist. I die cut the window and a frame using Nestabillities and sparkling navy cardstock.

I added the 'Love you to the core' sentiment from the same stampset, cut banner edges and popped it on dimensional adhesive.

As a finishing touch, I added a small sparkling navy heart, to emphasize on the hearts.

Love those Paper Smooches stampsets!!!

x Carlijn 

PS: It was a little to dark to make pictures, that's why I've deleted the shadowy background :)