Monday, December 24, 2012

SSC86 | Van Harte Gefeliciteerd

Sanne, our youngest girl, is celebrating her 10th birthday today. She's been looking forward to this day for quite a while. We surprised her with gifts this morning, and a handmade card. The birthday card is based on Iwona Palamountain's Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #86. I used the Farm Girl collection from October Afternoon.

I cut the numbers and frame from patterned paper, but also from coaster-board to make them a bit thicker and more sturdy. The numbers were adhered with adhesive dots to create more depth.

I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Farm Girl) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Global Greetings: Dutch) | Ink: VersaMark, Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo) | Embossing powder: A Muse Studio (White) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Lace: May Arts | Tools: Papertrey Ink (By the Numbers Die Collection, Half & Half Die Collection, Beautiful Blooms II #3 Die Collection), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Vintage Cameo Frame), sewing machine | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Other: Coasters

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful time with your family.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Retrosketches #42 | Merry Christmas

Another sketch challenge blog I came across recently is Retrosketches. I bookmarked their blog, but haven't had a chance yet to play along. I had to make a few more Christmas cards this week and used Sketch #42 as inspiration for the card I made for my mother-in-law. Again I used October Afternoon's Make it Merry collection.

The smaller snowflake is cut from glitter cardstock, but that's hard to see in the pictures.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Make It Merry) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Trees with Trimmings) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo) | Button: Buttons Galore & More | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Damask Snowflakes Die Collection), Wplus9 (Simple Snowflake Die, Timeless Tags), sewing machine | Other: glitter cardstock

Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

SSC85 | Merry Christmas to You

I recently came across Iwona Palamountain's Sketchbook Saturday Challenges for the very first time. I visit Iwona's blog occasionally, but have never noticed her sketch challenges before. I guess I always checked her blog on the wrong day and never looked any further. Apparently I never noticed the sketch in the sidebar either. Well...I know of her challenges now and will play along more often. Here's my take on Challenge #85. I used the Make it Merry Christmas collection from October Afternoon.

And a close up of the embellishments. The rusty bells and ivory twine are available in my store.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Make It Merry) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Ornaments) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo) | Felt: Felt on the Fly | Button: Buttons Galore & More | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Lace: May Arts | Rusty bells: Cards & Wishes | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Double-Ended Banners Die, Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection), Wplus9 (Simple Snowflake Die), sewing machine

I'll be back with another Christmas card tomorrow. Until then...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Birthday

My sister-in-law Lisette is celebrating her birthday today. Eric and I just called her on Skype to congratulate her. The birthday card I made her arrived in time for her special day. I used 5 & Dime, one of the older October Afternoon collections.


SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Straw) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo) | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse) | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die Collection, Large Scallop Border Die), sewing machine | Other: button

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 on 12/12/12

Photo credit: William Hoogteyling

Today is a special day. It's 12/12/12 and Fleur is turning 12 years old. What an amazing date to turn 12, isn't it? She's been looking forward to this birthday for quite a while. Last week she was interviewed by a journalist from Algemeen Dagblad about this special date, and the article was in the newspaper on December 7th. The photo above was taken by the newspaper's photographer.

It's good to see our girl happy and healthy again. This past year has been a tough year for all of us, and especially for Fleur. I won't share any detailed information on her condition, but we had ups and some serious downs. Earlier this year things didn't look good and her hospitalization and stay in a clinic were one of the toughest periods in our life. Fortunately she's made some great achievements in the past few months, and we are so happy that we can celebrate this special day in each other's company and in good health.

I made Fleur a birthday card using October Afternoon's Farm Girl collection.

I love the denim patterned paper of this collection.

I created this felt flower using one of Papertrey Ink's Bloom Builders dies.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Farm Girl) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics) | Ink: Versafine (Vintage Sepia), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo) | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse), Felt on the Fly | Button: Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold) | Twine: Cards & Wishes | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (By The Numbers Die Collection, Frilly Flowers Die Collection, Journaling Tabs Die Collection, Bloom Builders #1 Die Collection), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Vintage Cameo Frame Die), sewing machine

Fleur's best friends will come over for lunch and cake at noon, and our family will be here in the afternoon.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Good Tidings

Every year I tell myself to start early on Christmas cards, but as usual I've hardly made any cards yet and it's already December. Here's a clean and simple Christmas card I made using my Wplus9 stamps. The background was stamped in soft and neutral colors.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft, Raven), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Clear stamps: Wplus9 (Iconic Christmas, Folk Art Flurries), Waltzingmouse Stamps (Musical Backgrounds) | Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), A Muse Studio (Latte, Winter Sky) | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Wplus9 (Iconic Christmas Die), sewing machine

The die-cuts used on this card are part of the mini kit Noel. In case you have to make some last minute Christmas cards or would already like to work on cards for next year, there are still a few mini kits available in my store. You can find the Christmas kits here.

Until next time...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Birthday

Our niece Renee celebrated her 9th birthday on November 20th. Of course I made her a birthday card, but totally forgot to post it here on my blog. I used the flower stamps from Papertrey Ink's Little Lady set to create the background paper. The card is pretty clean and simple, but I love how it turned out.

The flowers were stamped in colors that match the October Afternoon patterned paper.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Sawdust), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned papers: October Afternoon (Sidewalks) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Little Lady, Heart-2-Heart #5, Big Birthday Wishes) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch: Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Vintage Sepia), A Muse Studio (Eucalyptus, Fern, Blush, Cranberry, Buttercup) | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Heart-2-Heart #5 Die), sewing machine

Have a wonderful day.