Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Caffinated Christmas Card Challenge August and September

 Hello Caffinated Friends!

Haven't posted here some time. It seems so much easier to post on instagram.

I find that people do not look on blogs too much anymore. Please let me know in the comment

where you are looking most of the time.

Well, here are my caffinated card for the Christmas challenge

for August and September.

August was Coffee & Cute Critters

Tree and coffee cups are stamps by Michael Strong
and hedgehogs are from Donna by Funky Fossil stamps.

September is Coffee and Candy or Cookies

How about candy and cookies?
The images are by Paulette Slater and the cookies
and sentiment by Stampin'Up!

On this card all stamps are by Stampin'Up!
Paper is from my stash.
Here the inside. Love to decorate the inside too.

Thank you for looking.
Have a caffinated day!

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Cards for Jewish New Year

Dear Crafty Friends!

As always around this time of the year, 
I start with my cards for the Jewish New Year: Rosh Hashanah.
It is always on a different date for the Jewish calendar
is a moon calendar and this year the New Year starts
the evening of Friday 15th of September and 
is celebrated on the 16th and 17th too.

This year I use a freebie from my friend Paulette.
She has this fantastic site on Facebook for
Junk Journaling with lots of freebies,
that I use for making cards. You find her site HERE.
These are digital images, that you can print
in whatever size you like.

All over the world, Jewish people will celebrate
Rosh Hashanah, the start of a new year on the Jewish
Calendar, with wishes all around for a 
"happy and sweet new year"- signified by dipping
apples into honey, and greeting one another with
"Shanah Tovah", the Hebrew words for the greeting
meaning "A Good Year"!

So here are a few cards I made:
For the Background I used printed paper from 
Paulette's Ko-fi shop called Autumn Hues.

The sentiment is from Stampin'Up! from a set
called "Slices of Happiness".
Shapes are cut with scissors and glued to some gold paper
and also cut by hand with a little border all around.

For this card I used the same printed background, but 
added apples with a stencil (Funky Fossil).
The sentiment is printed with the computer.

Here you see the background panels adapted with 
the apples through the stencil.

The stencil is also perfect for decorating a matching envelop.

I added Nuvo white blizzard glitter drops on 
the honey jars. Made this close up picture, so you
can see how wonderful it makes the honey jar look.

For more ideas for card for Rosh Hashanah, please type
Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year in the search box
that you find on the right side of this blog.
I made many different cards, so lots of ideas.

Thank you so much for looking 
and have a creative caffinated day!

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Caffinated Christmas Challenge July: STARS


Hello Caffinated Crafty Friends!

It is a very hot day in The Netherlands today, so to keep cool I sit in my craftroom with the airconditioner on making Christmas cards! The challenge this month is to add stars. You find the original post HERE.

For my card I used Tim Holtz stamps:

I used thecoffee mug from the  mini bluepint 9 CMS235.
I stamped it for the background and wmbossed it in white.
Colored the background next with Distress Oxide Ink Mowed Lawn.
The embossing powder resists the ink. I stamped one seprately and 
colored it with distress ink and a water pen. The star is from the 
mini blueprints 2 CMS146 and the square and sentiment is
from the new Note Quotes CMS463.
The Season Greetings is from Great Outdoors CMS321.
Small star punch for the stars on the cups.

I liked making this background so much,
that I was inspired to make my4th of July card likewise.
On the stars I added some Nuvo glitter drops.

Thank you very much for looking
and hope you have a wonderful Caffinated Summer!

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Flower inspiration

 Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I want to share some cards I made lately 

that where inspired by the flowers arround me:

 in my garden or otherwise.

These passion flowers grow on the corner on the wall of my home.
For my cards I used a background stamp by Tim Holtz
and images by Paulette Slater.
The butterflies are beautiful 3D stickers by Hobby Flora.

Hydrangea in front of my craftroom window.

Magnolia in the front garden.
I love this Tim Holtz background.
Dutch sentiment stamp says "Congratulations".
Red poppies acros my mother's nursing home.

Yellow poppies in Amsterdam.

Gope you like this idea and are inspired too.
Have a lovely Sunday and enjoy nature.
Here in The Netherlands it is going to be
a very, very hot day!

Creative greetings!


Sunday, May 21, 2023

International Tea Day

Hello my crafty friends,

Today it is international TEA DAY and
even though I am a big coffee lover, I also love a cup of tea.
Usually I have one in the afternoon.
My favorite flavor is fresh mint tea.
Below you find my card. I am not sure how to call
this kind of card. I would say: accordeon card,
because of the folds on the sides.
It fits in a normal envelop, but it is a little bulky!

For my card I used different cups designed by Michael Strong,
as well as the teapot. You find all of the stamps HERE.

All stamps are embossed with gold embossing powder.
The sentiment is an old one by Club Scrap (not available anymore).


from above.


For this card you need a piece of  4,25"x 6,25" 
(here the gold) and a piece of 4"x 6"(here the darkest blue).
Then you cut the pieces like below and score and fold them.

On top of the darkest blue 4x6 inch card you add the folded strips,
starting with the largest one of 4 inch, next
3 inch and last 2 inch.
Now you add the cups or any other idea you have.

The 4,25"x 6,25" is the last piece of cardstock
you ad for decoration to the back of the card and is
on all sides a bit larger, except for the bottom, where
it alligns with the bottom.

Thank you for looking
and have a creative day!

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Simon Says: Anything Goes

For the challange Anything Goes on the 
I made this birthday card.
For this card i used:
Floral Trims CMS461
Papillon CMS106
Bold Sayings CMS433
Distress oxide ink
Distress oxide spray Crackeling Campfire

I started stamping with versamark watermark
and gold embossingpowder.

Next I added some distress oxide inks on the glassplate
and by wiping the ink off the plate and on the card.
This is reapeated a few times until satisfied with the color.

When all was dry I added some Crackling Campfire splatters
on the card.

I used the sewing machine to make the border on the card.
Also some gold thread underneath the birthday sentiment.
The sentiment is also with gold embossing powder
and added the same colors as the background.
Matching envelop for sending out the card.

Thank you for looking and
have a caffinated creative weekend!


Friday, April 28, 2023

Simon Says: Make your Mark

A new challenge on the
Make your Mark.

Now I received my new Tim Holtz stamps
last week and I just have to play with them,
seeing what I can do.
So here is the result:
For this challenge I used the new
Floral Trims CMS461 cling stamp
Note Quotes CMS 463
and the layering stemcil Brush Hex
different colors of distress oxide ink.

I started with stamping this Floral stamp in versamark
watermark and embossed with gold.
Next I put some colors of distress oxide ink on my
glass plate and wiped it on the card. When dried I
added images with the Brush Hex stencil.

Next I stamped the sentiment on a piece of cardboard
from the box the stamps came in. I also used it on the
background of the card. Stapled the image to the piece
from the box. Gives it a grungy feeling.

Thank you for looking and i hope you have 
a great caffinated creative weekend!