Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday sketch card: giraffe

This card is for the sketch challenge
on the Michael Strong Stamp group.

This is the sketch and as you can see
for the card it is turned around.

To start the background I used a stencil and
vintage photo and fossilized amber distress ink.

Here you see the finished back panel.

For the next oiece i used the acacia leave.
But as I did not want the border to show,
so I colored the leave with a distress marker.
I used several kinds of green to fill out the paper.

On the card i used the giraffe stamp by Michael Strong
You find the stamp here.
I stamped the giraffe with brown archival ink and
colored with the same to inks as i used for the background.
Just added some ink on my craftsheet, sprayed a little 
water and used a brush for coloring. The birthday sentiment
is also by Michael Strong and comes from the words
and phrases set.
I also decorated the giraffe with little yellow sticky gemstones.
The green panel behind the giraffe is also embossed.

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Art Neko: koi

This card is made with an Art Neko rubber stamp
called Koi Pond and can be found here.

I made the card for the Oriental Stamp Art group
where the technique of the month is Faux Stitching.

I stamped this with a kaleidacolor Desert Heat.
This is a multi color inkpad.
Next I used a ruler with holes (from Tim Holtz) and a 
craft pick pen all around the image. With a black marker
I went from hole to hole to make the faux stitching.

Next i stamped the sentiment in black on the right top corner,
glued the panel to black paper and then onto the deep red card.

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Club Scrap August Team Challenge: Back to school

Welcome to another fun challenge and blog hop of the
Artist Team from Club Scrap.
Yes it is that time of the year again and the kids go back to school.
Some moms I am sure are very happy that school starts again.
I noticed a fun video on Facebook about it the other day!

I hope you have arrived here from 
and seen her great ideas with going back to school projects.

As you know I live in The Netherlands and we do not have 
special traditions around going back to school.
But through Facebook, I see these fun things people do in 
America, like a picture when their kids go back to school.
So.... I had the following idea: Owen, my eldest grandson - ag 4 - 
is going to school on  Monday August 29 and I wanted 
one of these pictures with him in a frame.

Idea for project #1 was born: make a school frame.

So I started out with making a wooden frame and painted it 
with black gesso.
Then I found this picture on internet and looked through all 
my Club Scrap papers and printed thes on red, blue, yellow,
orange, and green...well the main colors. And I had this:
a lot of crayons nearly ready to go on the frame.

With an oval punch and black paper, I finished the crayons.

Now the were ready to add to the frame with the fantastic
Club Scrap bookbinding glue.
So here are the crayons glued to the frame and I added 
Owens name to it with an alphabeth that is from the Fizz kit 2010.
Wonderful childlike lettering and also looking like written on a 
blackboard stamped with Club Scrap white inkpad.
Translation from the Dutch: 
Owen's 1st school day in Elementry School 2016.
No picture yet for the first day will be Monday.
Watch my facebook then!!

So what else did I came up with:
Made some card and a fun pencil (inspired by pinterest).

Owen loves choclate, so a roll of Dutch chocolate and some paper
makes this fun and delicious pencil.
No template, just went along with the
rol of chocolate. So if you want to make one too,
you have to adjust to the rol and make as you go.

Translation of the Dutch:
Have a lot of fun at school xx Oma

For one card, I started with embossing black paper
with a number embossingfolder and white ink.
Here the finished card with the letters of the Fizz alphabet
and punched out stars (for sure Owen is going to shine in school).
And for the next card I used a drawing of Owen
scanned and resized for this card and added smaller crayons..
Here you see the inside of the czrd.

Then I showed this card to Owen and he said:
Oma, I don't like that you did this and he got to work:
Made some drawings on black paper and said:
now you can add the crayons and in a jiffy we had a
bunch of cards. 

So these were my ideas, but there are more, like hop 
over to 
and see what she has come up with.

If you happen to loose your way, go back to the
where you find all the blog addresses.

Thank you for looking
and hope all your (grand)kids have a great and creative year!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Scrap Page: Zoo

Hello! Rainy Sunday here, so a good day for scrapping.
We were lucky with the weather yesterday when we 
were visiting the Zoo in Amersfoort/The Netherlands.
We made so many pictures, but only a few made it for my scrap
page. I choose those pictures that also had a stamp by Michael Strong.
I used Club Scrap papers that we got in on of the retreats I was.
I think the set was called Safari. I used the ALSB (assembly line 
scrapbooking) instructions to make this page.
On the yop of the page you see the owl stamp and 
the smaller elephants. You find all the stamps on the
site of Michael Strong. Because the page is already
quite busy, i choose to keep the stamping simple.
 Using white ink on black paper for all the stamps.
Do you see the giraffe stamp? It is tucked away
behind the red ribbon.

Yes, we had a lot of fun at the zoo. It was just the 
two of us without any grandkids and we had all the time
to make lots of animal pictures. Here some more:

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday card: Birthday

More sunflowers today. These cards are a combination

For this first card I used a printed background from the
Club Scrap digital kit and the washitape from the 
paper kit. The flowers,the pot and sentiment are 
stamps by Michael Strong.

The flowers are embossed with copper embossing powder 
on copper paper. In the heart of the flower there is a sticky 
gemstone that came with the Club Scrap kit. The flowers
are cut with matching metal dies.
The sentiment is stamped with brown archival ink
and cut in half to stick to the card.

For the 2nd card I also started with a piece of
digital printed paper from the Sunflower kit. 
This paper is embossed with a folder that leaves
 a square in the center. I colored the border with
vintage distress ink.

The flower is from the Club Scrap rubber stamp sheet 
that goes with the Sunflower kit. I stamped the flower in 
brown and colored with distress markers.
Michael Strongs mini pot here and stamped with copper embossing powder.

A yellow pannel from my Club Scrap stash behind
the embossed paper and finished of with a beautiful
ribbon from the Sunflower kit.
The card base is kraft colored.

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sketch and color challenge: Sunflower

This card is a combination of the digital and
the stamped image from this month Sunflower kit
from Club Scrap.

I used the sketch from 

and this color challenge from

The written background is one of the images from the 
Club Scrap digital kit. You can just print the papers 
and they are great for backgrounds.

The flower is a rubber stamp from the sunflower
Jumbo rubber stamp sheet:

You can find it here.
I stamped the collage stamp in brown and colored 
the flower with distress markers. Then the flower
is cut out. The leaves are a die cut.

The sentiment is from another sheet that comes
with this kit and is stamped with black ink.

In the center of the flower you see a sparkle sticker,
that is also from the kit. I colored the sparkle with
a brown marker to go with the center of the flower.

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day.