zondag 29 december 2019


For this nature themed birthday card, I used the Windmill stamp set from Avery Elle.

For the background, I used Mermaid cardstock. I ink blended the top with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I used the Grassy Hillside Borders and Simple Grassy Hillside Borders to die cut some Cilantro cardstock. I ink blended the top edges with Lucky Clover Oxide Ink.

I stamped the images and colored them with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Windmill: R14 - R46 - R59/ C0 - C3 - C5/ E31 - E33 - E35/ BG72 - BG18/ BG000
Trees: BG72 - BG18/ G43 - G46/ E31 - E33 - E35
Flowers: Y15 - Y17/ BG72 - BG18/ G43 - G46/ RV10 - R83
Toadstools: R14 - R46 - R59
Bugs: YR21 - Y38/ Y15 - Y17/ C3/ W5 - W7/ BG000

I fussy cut all the images (which was a lot of work) and assembled the card. I stamped the sentiment and added the swirly lines with Manatee Ink from Lawn Fawn.

I haven't used this set in a while, so it was fun to create a completely new scene with it!

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If you want to create a card for someone who is going to travel or moving further away, the Happy Trails stamp set from Lawn Fawn is a really good set to use. I created this 'bon voyage' card with it.

For the background, I used Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide Inks. I die cut a hill from Cilantro cardstock, using the Stitched Hillside Borders. I ink blended the top of the hill with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink.

I stamped the images. I also used some images from the Smooth Sailing and Tree Before 'n After stamp sets. I colored everything with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Trees: E71 - E74 - E79/ G43 - G46/ YG11 - YG13
Caravan: C3 - C5/ Y15 - Y17/ R14 - R46/ R22 - R35/ C0 - C2/ BG000
Car: C3 - C5/ C0 - C2/ BG000/ R22 - R35
Bear: E71 - E74 - E79
Bunny: C0 - C3/ E04

I fussy cut the images and assembled the card. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, using white embossing powder from Lawn Fawn. I also added some highlights with a white gelly roll pen.

Mixing old and new, perfect!

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zaterdag 28 december 2019


For this friendship card, I used the Rub-a-Dub-Dub stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

For the background, I masked off part of the cardstock. I ink blended with three Distress Oxide Inks: Shaded Lilac, Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade.

I stamped the images and colored them with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Mother duck: C0 - 0/ YR38 - YR68
Baby ducks: Y15 - Y17/ YR38 - YR38
Umbrella: BV000 - BV02 - BV13. C0 - C3 - C5
Flowers: R22 - R35/ G43 - G46
Grass: G43 - G46
Clouds: C0 - 0

I die cut or fussy cut my images and assembled my card.

I stamped the sentiment in Peachy Keen Ink and added some highlights to the images with a white gelly roll pen.

I adhered the panel onto a Sugarplum cardbase and rounded of the top right corner.

The pastel colors look amazing on that background.

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maandag 23 december 2019


For this happy birthday card, I used the Peacock Before 'n After stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

For the background, I used a piece of Spiffy Speckles pattern paper. I added a Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame on top, which I die cut from Speckled Eggshell cardstock. From Cilantro cardstock I die cut a Grassy Border. I added some Lucky Clover Distress Ink to the top of the grass blades.

I stamped the images and colored them with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Peacocks: BG13 - BG49/ BG18 - BG72/ YG11 - YG13/ V04 - V06/ Y38 - YR68/ Y15

I die cut all the images (the little ones are from Eggstra Amazing Easter by the way) and assembled the card. For the sentiment, I die cut a speech bubble from Peacock cardstock. It's from the Speech Bubbles die set. I heat embossed with white embossing powder from Lawn Fawn.

I added some dots and highlights to the images and speech bubble and added the panel onto a Peacock cardbase.

I love this set, super fun to work with. And coloring that peacock with its tail feathers out is really fun to do.

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For this birthday card, I used the Fortune Teller Tabby stamp set from Lawn Fawn, together with two images from Upon a Star.

For the background, I did some ink smooshing. A technique I haven't used in a while. I took some Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and smooshed them onto my glass mat. I added water to it and put a piece of watercolor paper on to it. I pressed it a bit and then lifted it off. I set it aside to dry.

I stamped the images and colored them with Copic Markers. Here are the colors I used:
Cat: E41 - E43/ R01/ B18 - B28
Table: R14 - R46/ YR21 - Y38
Ball: BG000 - B00/ E71 - E73 - E79
Bunnies: C0 - C2/ R01

I die cut or fussy cut the images. In the meantime I added some splatter to my background, using Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I stamped one piece of the sentiment onto a banner, that I die cut from Chili Pepper cardstock. I used white embossing powder from Lawn Fawn to heat emboss the sentiment. The rest of the sentiment I had already stamped onto the ball.

I trimmed a piece of Blue Jay cardstock, to form the floor of the scene. I assembled the card and added the panel onto a Chili Pepper cardbase. I added some highlights to the images with a white gelly roll pen.

I really love the primary color pallette I used for this card.

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zondag 22 december 2019


Another great year of crafting. As I do every year, I’m listing my favorite crafting supplies of the year. I either bought it myself, got it as a gift or they were sent to me as a Lawn Fawnatics Design Team Member. They don’t necessarily need to be released in 2019, it’s what I got this year. So here we go!


Books & Coffee (Waffle Flower)
This stamp set from Waffle Flower spoke to me immediately, since I’m a big fan of this theme: books and coffee. You can also switch it to tea, since I’m no coffee drinker but a tea lady. And I really like all the different critters that you can add to your card, peeking out from behind the images.

Christmas Fishes (Lawn Fawn)
Underwater themed cards are some of my favorites, so when Lawn Fawn released this Christmas Fishes set I just needed to have it. And it has so many cute images. The crab is probably my favorite, and like the jellyfish stamp, it comes without a face so you can customize it yourself. And those sentiment puns are just hilarious!

Eggstra Amazing Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Easter is probably my favorite holiday theme to create cards for. I send out Easter cards too, because no one does. And this is such a fun set. One: it has bunnies and I love bunnies. And two: it is my most used stamp set of the year (together with another one, I will be sharing later).

Friends at First Sip (My Favorite Things)
Another coffee themed stamp set, this time from My Favorite Things. The two girl images are fun to color, especially when you try to make them look like you and your friends.

Oh Gnome! (Lawn Fawn)
The gnomes are so adorable in this set. And they come with loads of accessories to build the most amazing scenes. And these sentiment are just too cute.

Open Me (Lawn Fawn)
If Lawn Fawn didn’t send me this set, I probably never would’ve bought it. And that would be a shame, because this set is perfect for adding to your scenes. I especially used that sign a lot on cards. You can stamp your sentiment inside, to make it a little bit more special. And those birds are also great to add to your cards as well.

Spooky Village (Lawn Fawn)
I really enjoy creating villages and towns. Lawn Fawn already had the Happy Village set, Winter Village set and Village Shop set. And this Spooky Village is a great addition to the village collection. And you can easily combine it with other Halloween themed sets.

Year Nine (Lawn Fawn)
Every year Lawn Fawn releases an anniversary set, for their birthday. It’s always a mini set, which are a great price-point. This year it’s Year Nine and this taco image is to die for! I created lots of cards with this set and it makes for a great card for your foodies.

Home for the Holidays (Hero Arts)
The title alone speaks to me, since the place for me during Christmas is with my family. These images are just amazing to create your cozy holiday home scenes. That’s stairs images is really pretty and a fantastic scene builder. All the dogs and cats are super cute as well and there are so many images that make for a nice holiday themed card.

Hello Toucan (Hero Arts)
Toucans are one of the most beautiful bird species on our planet. They seem plain, with their black feathers, but they have the most amazing beaks and eyes. And this makes for fun cards and that’s the main reason I bought the Hello Toucan stamp set.

Keep on Swimming (Lawn Fawn)
A little bit of an underwater theme, with a twist. This set also has an additional reveal wheel add-on, that you can purchase separately. And it will make for a wonderful Reveal Wheel card, since you have several poses of the same images, that can change while turning the wheel. Such a clever set!

Let’s Toast (Lawn Fawn)
This is the other most-used set of this year. Especially in the beginning of 2019, when it came out. I really love turning food into ‘living creatures’, but putting faces on them. There is also a pull tab die that you can buy, so the toast can pop-up from the toaster. So super fun!


Build-a-House (Lawn Fawn)
This die set is just genius. You can create a house. And when you change up the colors, the look is different each time. Lawn Fawn also came out with a Christmas add-on and Halloween add-on set. So you can create a Halloween or Christmas themed house as well. And there is a reveal wheel die too, where you can change the image of whoever s standing in the window.

Foursquare Backdrop: Portrait
Creating those storybook-type cards, where it looks like a comic book with a little scene in each frame, is super fun to do. This Foursquare Backdrop comes in both Portrait and Landscape, but since the Landscape one is too similar to the Peek-a-Boo Backdrop die, I decided to get the Portrait version. It comes with some additional shaped dies. I didn’t use those yet, but I did have a lot of fun creating cards with this die.

Grassy Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn)
This is one of those must-have die sets. A perfect scene builder, when you are creating an outside scene. You can die cut them from colored cardstock, pattern paper or watercolor cardstock and ink blend it. Very versatile and I used it so many times this year.

Magic Picture Changer (Lawn Fawn)
This is my favorite interactive die of the year. It looks really complicated, but when you make one, it’s super easy. You create a scene and when you pull the tab the scene changes. And it’s not only fun to make, it’s extra fun for the recipient.

Mushroom House (Lawn Fawn)
This die set was meant to work with the Oh Gnome stamp set. This house is just the cutest! You can even assemble it a certain way that the door opens and closes. How fun! And you can use it with other sets then the gnomes you know.

Scalloped Treat Box Beach House Add-On (Lawn Fawn)
This die set is meant to work with the Scalloped Treat Box, but I think I used it on its own more often. I loved creating those beach houses on cards, so much fun!

Simple Grassy Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Like the Grassy Hillside Borders, this set is a must-have for your crafty stash. It makes all your outdoor scenes come to life, by simply die-cutting them from a cardstock of your choice.

Front Porch (Hero Arts)
This die set from Hero Arts is just wonderful. It is one big die, which cuts a front porch. Up to you to color it, with Copic Markers, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, colored pencils, watercolors, you name it. Each time I create a card with it, it’s just perfect. It comes with some additional dies, like letters to put in the mail slot, a wreath to put on the door and some plants.

Lion, Oh My! & Tiger, Oh My! (Spellbinders)
They are two separate die sets, but belong in the same category and can easily be used together. You can create the cutest lion and tiger with these die sets, and they both come with fun accessories. One note: it’s not the easiest set of dies to work with because the little pieces are super tiny and difficult to adhere to your lion and tiger.


Dried Marigold Oxide Ink (Ranger)
I’m not a big fan of orange, even if it’s my country’s national color. I just think it’s a too overpowering color. But the Dried Marigold color in the Distress series, is very subtle and a not in-your-face kind of orange. I really love using it for skies.

Lucky Clover Oxide Ink (Ranger)
The regular Distress Ink is one of my favorites already, so I just needed to add the Oxide version to my collection as well. It’s super vibrant and it works so well with Twisted Citron.

Spun Sugar Oxide Ink (Ranger)
Spun Sugar is one of the softest colors in the Distress line and it’s really hard to apply as a regular Distress Ink. Because it hardly shows up. The Oxide Ink is also subtle, but more present.


Apricot Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)
I really love pastel colors and the Apricot cardstock from Lawn Fawn is just perfect. There is also an ink pad with this color, which I don’t have (yet), but I’m a big fan of this cardstock color.

Spiffy Speckles (Lawn Fawn)
This is my favorite pattern paper since the Gotta Have Gingham papers. You can either use the white backgrounds with the colored speckles on them, or the colored ones with the tone-on-tone look. They make for a subtle background for your cards.

Bone Folder (Lawn Fawn)
I never thought a bone folder would be such a necessity in card making. I had one, but it started to ‘shed’, which left terrible creases on my card bases. This bone folder from Lawn Fawn is one of the best purchases of the year. And it’s life changing, really. It creases your card bases perfectly and it makes for perfect folds in your cardstock. It’s pretty expensive, but it’s totally worth your money.

Mixed media Brush # 3 (Nellie’Choice)
I’ve been using the mini ink blending tools from Tim Holtz for such a long time, but I’m sick and tired of changing these foams and dirtying my fingers each time I do it. So when I saw these blending brushes, I needed to give them a try. The ones I got are from a Dutch company and I really love them. I think I will eventually buy the ones from Taylored Expression, since thy each have their own colored grip. But for now, these work fine and I really enjoy working with them.

Glass Media Mat (Tim Holtz)
This is the best gift I got all year, from my parents. This Glass Media Mat from Tim Holtz is the perfect work surface for any card maker. Or crafter for that matter. It has grid lines, so really handy for measuring. It has a white part on it, for your inks. And since it’s made of glass, it’s super easy to clean. Every crafter needs this, really!!!

Glitter Lacquer (Hero Arts)
Sometimes your cards needs just a little extra. The glitter lacquer works like Glossy Accents, but it has glitter in it. And it dries much faster and is easier to apply because of the tube format. Perfect to create some glittery accents here and there.

Fog Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)
The Fog Cardstock is a very light grey, almost white. It’s perfect for when you want to add a little color, but not too much.

Rainforest Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)
This is one of the most beautiful colors Lawn Fawn has released this year. It’s such a gorgeous green. A green that I love to wear and now also love to craft with.

Sage Leaf Cardstock (Lawn Fawn)
Sage Leaf is probably the softer version of Rainforest. And the name is perfect, because it reminded me of sage instantly.

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