Thursday, September 29, 2022

International Coffee Day 2022

Yes, my friends, today is International Coffee Day
and of course I made a card :-)
I used a callenge to make the card.

You find all the details on the blog of:

So here is my card:

The images on my card are stamps at
I used various sets
the tree is from the On Safari set
the squirrels  from Hedgehugs
the stamped sentiment from Time for Tea
and the word coffee is part of a die set.

All is colored with alcohol markers.

Hope you all have a great coffee day.
My favourite is Pumpkin Spice Latte.
What is yours?


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Rosh Hashanah Blog Hop


Hello Crafty Friends,

Tonight is the start of the Jewish New Year. We celebrate this in the synagogue, but also at home.
We send each other cards and the symbol you see very often is the apple with a jar of honey. This symbolizes the wish of a very sweet New Year.
On the 2nd day of the New Year we eat a pomegranate with honey.
 So that is also a fruit you see on the card. 

For the first card I used all SU! materials and papers.
The stampset I used is Harvest Hellos and Jar of Love.
The sentiment is from a very old set called Mazel Tov (2003).

This is the inside of the card with a Jewish sentiment
from my stash.
All coloring is done with stamping ink and a waterbrush.

For this card I made a stencil out of the Honeycomb Hello die.
And the pomegranate stamps and flower are from a set
you cout get for free in the SAB sale this year called
Perfect Pomegranate.

The gold embossed dove is SU!
and the sentiment is Hebrew - Shanah Tovah - a good year!
(by zumgaligali rubber stamps).

Here another version with the Perfect Pomegranate stampset.

Sentiment from my stash (unknown origine)

The start of the blog hop is at 
and you find all the participants there.

Wishing all my creative Jewish  friends and those who celebrate
 a very sweet, healthy, prosperous and creative New Year!
A good year!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Apples for the Jewish New Year

 Hello Crafty Friends,

On September 25 the Jewish community celebrates their New Year:

Rosh Hashanah. So it is time to start making some cards. Well the first card this year 

is inspired by one of the cards from Michael Strong's zoom class.

This card measures 4 x 7 inch.
Now here is my variation:
My card measures 4,25 x 5,5 inch (easier to find an envelope).

This is what I used:
digital apple image by Michael Strong
(FREE and you find it HERE)
Background paper Stampin Up!
honey jar stamp and die Stampin Up! (Jar of Love)
Hebrew seniment by Zum Gali Gali
Happy Rosh Hashanah seniment by Stampin Up!
(very old Mazal Tov! set)
Number dies from my stash

On Rosh Hashanah we eat apples and honey to wish each other
a sweet New Year, so you see this a lot on the cards for this holiday.

On the flap of the fron card I stamped the sentiment
and embossed this with gold embossing powder.
The tiny apples are part of the digital image.

The honey jar is stamped and colored with pencils
and then cut out with the matching die.

The tassel I made with embroidery thread.
Here you see how it is done:
The thinner the thread, the smaller the tassel.

All the apples are colored with pencil too.
I addapt the digital image  to fit a 2 x 2 inch square.
I did this in my word program.

The numbers you see in gold: 5783 refer to the new
Jewish Year.

The Hebrew sentiment (Shanah Tovah meaning a Good Year)
is also stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder.

Here the back of the card.

Hope I inspired you for your cards
and please do take the apple image and share your cards
on the internet somewhere.

Thanks for looking
and have a creative day!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Michael Strong Zoom Class: Animals


Welcome Crafty Friends,

Last night (for me, but morning in San Diego California)
tere was the monthly wonderful zoom class by 
Michael Strong.
You find all the stamps I used for this class here:

Remember, I do not get a package of cards, but digital 
files with measurements and pictures. I use what i have in my stash.
This class was about 5 different animal stamps designed by
Michael strong himself.

Card #1 Giraffe
I stamped the giraf on white paper and scanned it.
This way I could manipulate the image in photoshop
(with the help of a collegue). Then I printed the
image on orange paper. The border is a picture I found
on internet.

The leaf is a stamp that comes with the giraffe stamp set.
Here the inside of the card.
Card #2 Seahorse
Here I stamped the seahorse on blue paper and colored them 
with pencils. The border is made with 2 different sizes of
punches, hologram stickers and blue gemstones.
Inside the card there is a piece of light blue paper.
Card #3 Pony
This stamp with black ink on white paper and colored with pencils.
Next I scanned the pony before cutting out.
I used a piece of a horizontal rectale and enlarged this to make
up the border.  The tiny beads are on a piece of wax thread with
nots to hold the beads in place.

I printed the border twice and used it also on the inside of the card.
Card #4 Panda
The size of this card is 4 x 7 inch.
The background panel si stamped with the bamboo stamp
from the panda set with red ink.

5 Pand's are glued to a accordeon folded strip
and are hidden behind this flap. The tssel pulls out the 
strip of panda's. I made the tassel with embroidery floss.

The decoration on the flap is 3 punched out flowers
and a circle stamp with chineese characters (embossed
in gold and by Club Scrap).

For the inside I used another stamp from the set.
A row of tiny panda's. Also great to use on the

Card #5 Elephant
Of couse again started this card with stamping the elephant and
used pencils to color the image. After cutting out, I put it asside to
make the card. The size of the card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch.
Embossed pannel on the front with punched out flowers and a 
tiny golden gemstone.

Inside a small panel decorated with the flower that comes
with the stamp set and also colored with pencil.
Finishing the card with 3 flowers in the same colors as
on the front side of the card.

Thank you so much for looking and the next zoom class
will be purple cards on Saturday September 24th.
If you are interrested to take part in the class feel free
to email Michael Strong:

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

World Lion Day


Hello my Crafty Friends,

After the cats come the big cats, so today it is World Lion Day.
I did not know, did you?! I just heard it on the radio while driving
to visit my mom in the carehome.

So this gave me an idea to make a card. I have Donna's 
On Safari stamps
and this comes with a lion. You find them at the 

Even the cat liked the card :-)
I used yeloww paper (Club Scrap) for stamping the lion.
So I only colored the heart, the lion's manes and the tail.
Cut it out wit an oval die and an oval scallop die for a
 piece of prown paper. Next i stamped the green paper 
(Club Scrap too) with the trees and grass of the same On Safari
stamp set. Coloring with alcohol markers.
I also used the Tribal Marks stencil for the background 
and the inside of the card.

Approved by the cat!

Thank you for looking
and have a roaring day!

Monday, August 8, 2022

International Cat Day


Hello my crafty friends,

Besides coffee I am also a cat lover.
Although i do not have a cat of my own anymore,
I have 2 cats from the neighbourhood who come
here nearly every day.

So because it is International Cat Day,
I also made a cat card.
I started with this flower stencil (Blossom) and pink and
yellow distress oxide ink.
I used some washi tape to create a border on the card.

The stamps I used are by Funky Fossil Designs
and is called Flowery Felines (design by Donna).
I stamped the tiny flower on top of the stencil in the
heart of the large flowers. A tiny leave I stamped when 
the stencil was lifted off.

Here you see the finished card.
The image of the cat is raised with foam tape.
As it is impossible to cut the cat whiskers,
I have a trick for that. Stamp the image first
on the card and the cut out image you lau on top of that.
This way you can cut of the whiskers, because they
are already on the card.

Thank you for looking and cuddle a little
extra with your cat today!



Saturday, August 6, 2022

Pride Amsterdam


Today is a big event in Amsterdam: The Canal Parade.

All week there have been activities and you can read all about it on

Pride Amsterdam.

The theme this year is: My Gender, My Pride.

In honor of this big event I made this card:

I used the Motley Crew clear stamps designed by Donna
and are available at Funky Fossil Design.
You find also the fun background paper there.

The image is colored with alcohol ink markers
and cut out. The heart is covered with glossy accent.
I added the image with foam tape to the background.

Little off cuts are used to decorate the inside 
of the card.

Thank you for looking and feel free to do
however you feel like. Be Yourself!