Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank You, and Year End Sale at My Boutique

2010 has almost come to an end. I would like to thank you all for visiting my blog this year and leaving me sweet comments. I appreciate you taking time to come over here. Again I've met some great friends through blogging and discovered new (at least new to me) and inspirational blogs. This Thank You card is for all of you!





Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Sawdust) | Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (Circa 1934) | Rub-ons: Melissa Frances | Button: Autumn Leaves | Twine: May Arts | Felt flowers: Cards & Wishes | Tools: MFT Stamps (Die-namics Scalloped Scallop Die), sewing machine | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo)

The felt flowers on this card are available in my boutique Cards & Wishes, and come in many colors. You can find all felt flowers here. To end 2010 and ring in the new year I offer a 15% discount on all items from December 31, 2010 through January 2, 2011. You don't have to enter a special code to receive the discount. I already applied the discount for you. Happy shopping!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thank You So Very Much

Did you enjoy Zva Creative's Blog Hop as much as I did? I always love visiting the blogs of my fellow DT members to see what they've created for the blog hop. The projects are always so diverse and inspirational.

I'm sure you are curious to find out who the winners are of the Zva December Blog Hop. Well, their names will be found on the following blogs:

Angelica Franssen
Tanya Tahir
Debbie Olson
Windy Robinson
Gail Lindner

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

Of course I can't do a blog post about Zva Creative without showing another card using one of their gorgeous crystal flourishes. The black crystals are one of my favorites and again I used the Double Flourishes Crystal Jet (CR03CA112). It's the same flourish as the one I used on the blog hop card.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1 Collection) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Button: Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse) | Twine: May Arts | Crystal flourish, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (CR03CA112, AD01CB101) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1 Die), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Perfect Bracket Edge), sewing machine | Other: wrinkled ribbon

Have a wonderful day. Until next time...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and the Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

There is now an added twist to our blog hops, YAY! As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, December 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 28th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 29th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

My specific color combination for this blog hop project is red, cream and black. It's one of my favorite combinations. This card features the Double Flourishes Crystal Jet (CR03CA112).



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style II, Basic Backgrounds: Hearts, Heart Prints) | Ink: Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Versafine (Onyx Black) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy) | Crystal flourish, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (CR03CA112, AD01CB101) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Limitless Layers: 1-3/4" Circle Collection) | Other: doily

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes.

Your next stop on this blog hop is Angelica Franssen.

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us, and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you all!! We have a white Christmas this year. We haven't had any fresh snow since Monday, but we got about 9 inches of snow last weekend and it hasn't melted yet. Today is a relaxing day. No plans....just being together with the four of us. Listening to Christmas songs on the radio, have dinner together and watch Home Alone on TV with the girls this evening.

The last Christmas card that I have to share is the card that I made for my mom and dad. My mom is addicted to Papertrey Ink too, so I wanted to use Papertrey Ink goodies only. Well.....I added some Zva Creative pearls for the finishing touch. I think this is my favorite of all Christmas cards that I made this year.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado | Patterned paper: Distressed Dots | Clear stamps: Holly Jolly, Fillable Frames #10, Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, Wreath for All Seasons | Ink: Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, ColorBox (Cranberry), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Button: Pure Poppy | Twine: May Arts | Pearls, adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Felt: Felt on the Fly | Tools: Eyelet Lace Border Die, Fillable Frames #10 Die, Peace Be Still Collection, Seeing Stars Collection, Medium Scalloped Border Die, sewing machine

Have a wonderful Christmas day with your loved ones.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sanne!

Today our 'little' girl is turning 8. She was anxiously waiting for us to wake her up this morning. She's really pleased with the gifts we bought her. She got a book, a JBL music loudspeaker for her iPod and Play-Doh's Mega Fun Factory. She still loves playing with Play-Doh and wanted the Mega Fun Factory so badly. Of course I also made her a card. I had something else in mind, but ended up using some of my favorite papers from October Afternoon. The turquoise wrinkled ribbon is available in my store and can be found here.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Fly a Kite, Ducks in a Row) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Bash Sentiments, Fillable Frames #10) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Button: Rusty Pickle | Twine: May Arts | Ribbon: Cards & Wishes | Pearl flourish, pearl dots, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (PE02CB131, PE02CB102, AD01CB101) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Banner Borders Die, Fillable Frames #10), sewing machine

Wishing you all a wonderful day and Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Christmas Cards

Only a few days till Christmas and I am still not in the mood. We haven't made any plans yet, don't know what to eat for dinner and I still have to run all errands. We also have Sanne's birthday on December 24th.

I was busy working on my assignments for the new issue of Scrapbookmagazine this past week, and didn't have much time to work on anything else. I still have some Christmas cards to share that were part of a custom card order. Two cards in the traditional red and green color combo.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Rustic White) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (Distressed Dots) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Wreath for All Seasons), Waltzingmouse Stamps (Pic-Nic Patterns) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink |  Tools: Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 4 Die, Small Scalloped Border Die

I had a hard time taking a good photo of the second card. The sentiment is a bit unsharp in the photo, but it looked better on the card.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Rustic White) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Tree Trimming Trio, Background Basics: Text Style II) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper | Other: epoxy stickers 1/2" circles

The last card is a lift of one of Nichole Heady's cards. I just love her style.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Action (white card base), Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Turning a New Leaf, Vintage Ornaments) | Ink: Versamark | Embossing powder: Filigree (white) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Ornaments Collection), heattool, sewing machine

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today my sister-in-law Lisette is celebrating her birthday. She already let me know that the birthday card I made for her made it in time. Happy Birthday, Lisette! Wishing you a wonderful day.



Supplies: Cardstock: Action (white), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Schoolhouse) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Turning a New Leaf, Birthday Bash Sentiments) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Ribbon: Cards & Wishes | Twine: May Arts | Pearl flourish, pearls, foam dots: Zva Creative (PEB03CA108, PEC02CB101, AD01CB101) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1 Die, Small Scalloped Border Die), sewing machine

We had about 8 inches of snow this weekend and more snow is expected. I wish I was already off for the holidays so I don't have to travel to work, but I have to work three more days this week.

Have a Happy Sunday!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Last evening the girls had their annual Christmas dinner at school. They looked stunning in their new clothes. They also had a little make-up on and lots of glitters in their hair. I made them both gifts and cards for their teachers.

I kept the cards and favor bags clean & simple as I had to make four sets. I had planned to work ahead, but as usual it was a last minute project finished on the day itself.

For the Christmas card I used Musical Backgrounds from Waltzingmouse Stamps and Wreath for All Seasons from Papertrey Ink. Fleur's female teachers got a card with large olive green crystals from Zva Creative on it.



Sanne's male teachers got the same card, but no crystals for them.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Clear stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Musical Backgrounds), Papertrey Ink (Wreath for All Seasons) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Ripe Avocado, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), ColorBox (Cranberry), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Twine: May Arts | Crystals, foam dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1 Die

I made them all the same favor bag filled with delicious chocolates filled with caramel and orange/mandarin. The caramel ones are the best....yummy!



I love the red gingham checked ribbon and the red & green color combo.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Ripe Avocado, Bazzill Basics Paper | Clear stamps: Holly Jolly, 2010 Holiday Tags, Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers | Ink: Ripe Avocado, ColorBox (Cranberry) | Ribbon, twine: May Arts | Tools: Favor It Box 2, Limitless Layers: 1-3/4" Circle Collection | Other: foamtape

I'll be back with a card on Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thinking of You

Today's sympathy card is meant for someone who lost her father-in-law unexpectedly last week. I know her through work. She works at one of our clients, and looks after one of my bosses who works at that client site for three days a week. I met her in person a few months ago, and want to let her know that I've been thinking about her. I used the Larger Than Life set designed by Lisa Johnson. A wonderful and versatile set. It can be used for various occasions.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Rustic Cream | Patterned paper: 2009 Bitty Dot Basics | Clear stamps: Larger Than Life, Asian Fusion (sentiment) | Ink: Smokey Shadow, ColorBox (Antique Pewter), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Tools: Small Scalloped Border Die, Larger Than Life Die, sewing machine | Foam dots: Zva Creative (AD01CB101)

The girls will have Christmas dinner at school this evening, and I have to prepare some dishes this afternoon. Off to run some errands. See you next time....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Merry Christmas to You

Life's hectic at the moment. I always have too many things on my to do list in December and too little time to do everything. I have to work today, but will be off the rest of the week. I look forward to be able to catch up on several things.

Today's Christmas card is made with three beautiful sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I've been stamping for a bit over a year now, and can't imagine life without it. I just love the creative process of picking stamps, colors, embellishments and create a card.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (The Thrift Shop) | Clear stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Vintage Ornaments, Compliments of the Season, Musical Backgrounds) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), ColorBox (Antique Pewter), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Button: Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy) | Twine: May Arts | Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Heirloom Ornaments), sewing machine | Other: Ribbon(Frosted Lace)

Have a wonderful day, and until next time!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Birthday to You, Fleur!

Today Fleur is turning 10 years old. She's been excited about her birthday for weeks.  Our families will be coming over at the end of the afternoon as Fleur's having a birthday party from one of her best friends.

For her birthday card I used the 9 Allée des ateliers collection from 4heures37 and a gorgeous white pearl flourish from Zva Creative.



Supplies: Cardstock: Action (white card base) | Patterned paper: 4heures37 (9 Allée des ateliers) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Bash Sentiments) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black) | Button: Papertrey Ink (Blueberry Sky) | Twine: May Arts | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Pearl flourish, adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Felt flowers: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Medium Scalloped Border Die), sewing machine | Other: Ranger Stickles (Frosted Lace)

The felt flower embellishment is made of the largest flower of this set and the medium sized flower from this ecru set available in my boutique. Today is the last day to receive a 15% discount on all items in the boutique.

Not much else to share today. I'm off to bake a cake for this afternoon and cupcakes for school. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My New Boutique.....Cards & Wishes



I just opened my new boutique Cards & Wishes. I am quite pleased with my new boutique. The most important thing to me is that it loads LOTS faster than my other store. There are a few changes in comparison with my old store. As soon as you've placed an order you'll immediately receive a confirmation including all details and bank transfer information. The conditions for shipping have changed. From now on a standard fee will be charged, but domestic shipping (envelopes & flat mail boxes) is free of charge as of 20 euro. Unfortunately the shopping system doesn't support international orders, but of course international customers can order too. More information on international shipping and order process can be found here.

To celebrate the opening of Cards & Wishes I offer you a 15% discount on all items this weekend. You don't have to enter a special code to receive the discount. I already applied the discount for you. Happy shopping!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Noel

I hardly bought any Christmas paper collections this year because I still have lots of Christmas papers left from last year and the year before. I did buy some papers from the Snow Day Collection from Crate Paper about two months ago. I really like the non-traditional colors of this collection. I hadn't used any of the papers until last night. Doilies are quite popular to use on cards these days, so I couldn't resist using one too.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic White), Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, Snowflake Serenade, Peace Be Still) | Ink: Lavender Moon, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Versafine (Onyx Black) | Ribbon: my store | Twine: May Arts | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Pearl, foam dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circles Small, Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Collection, sewing machine | Other: doily

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thinking of You

Today's card is for the boy next door and his parents. The boy has been in hospital for a few weeks and we found out last Wednesday that he is seriously ill. It's uncertain what the future holds for him. We truly hope that his doctors will be able to find the right treatment for him. The card is based on the card in this post from Betsy Veldman. I threw in some blue since it's for a boy.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Vintage Cream | Patterned paper: 2008 Bitty Dot Basics | Clear stamps: All About You, All About You Additions | Ink: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Memento (Dandelion), Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circles Small | Other: foamtape

Until next time...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Wishes to You and Yours

I mailed out a second Christmas card order yesterday. I was asked to make five cards preferably in the traditional red and green color combination. Today's card is my favorite of the five cards that I made. It's a perfect mix of the colors, papers, stamps and embellishments that I like a lot.



Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: Distressed Dots | Clear stamps: Holly Jolly, Big & Bold Holiday Wishes | Ink: Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Ripe Avocado, Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Button: White & Cream Mix | Ribbon: Pure Poppy | Twine: May Arts | Pearl flourish, foam dots: Zva Creative (PEB03CA108, AD01CB101) | Tools: Mat Stack 4 Die, Eyelet Lace Border Die

I used a long white flourish (PEB03CA108) from Zva Creative on this card. The flourish has the perfect size to be used on a layout, but is too long for a 4 x 6" card, so I cut it in half and now it fits perfectly.

The girls are really excited as we'll be celebrating Sinterklaas this afternoon at my brother's place. Hopefully Sinterklaas will be able to deliver to presents now that the roof tops are covered with snow and slippery. {wink}

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Blessings

My first Christmas cards order was delivered last Tuesday, and all cards were well received. V is a wonderful person to work with. She lets me know what images, sentiments and colors she likes - always keeping the recipient in mind - and leaves the design all up to me. Today's cards are the last ones of that custom order to share and the requirements for these cards that are meant for her aunties were a Christmas tree, neutral colors and glitter. I used two different color schemes, but sticked to the same design.





Supplies: All supplies by Papertrey Ink unless noted otherwise Cardstock: Rustic White, Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) |  Clear stamps: Tree Trimming Trio, Snowflake Serenade, Peace Be Still, Holiday Spirit Sentiments | Ink: Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream, Versafine (Vintage Sepia) | Buttons: Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist | Twine: May Arts | Tools: Christmas Tree Die | Other: foamtape, Ranger Stickles

Until next time.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November Zva Blog Hop Winners announced

Good morning! It's COLD here in the Netherlands. I don't mind when it's cold - I like it when it's freezing cold with a little sunshine - but I am not ready for winter yet. I really like the fall season and winter has arrived way too soon.

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE November Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Camilla Ekman
Ingrid Danvers <- that's me!!
Jolanda Meurs
Susan Lui
Lou Collins

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. I used Random.org to randomly choose a winner, and without further ado the winner of the Zva Creative prize package from this blog is:



Congrats, Monique!! Please e-mail me your address. Congrats to all other winners too!

Today I have a layout to share with you featuring a mixture of Zva Creative and Jillibean Soup products. The photo was taken in September when we had an event with all the Paper & Pictures DT girls.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned paper, coordinating cardstock stickers, corrugated alphas, corrugated shapes: Jillibean Soup (Lentil Soup, Old World Cabbage Stew, Pasta Fagioli) | Pearl flourish, pearls, felt flowers: Zva Creative (PE03CA106, PE02CB101, FL01CB114) | Tools: EK Success Circle Punch, Retro Flower Punch Small, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, sewing machine | Other: foamtape

Speaking of Paper & Pictures.....you may have read in their newsletter that you'll receive a 25% discount on all items in the store and online store as of today through Sunday December 12th. The discount does not apply to workshops.

Have a wonderful day!