vrijdag 22 maart 2013


Oops, I totally forgot the set this blogpost.
Well, here's my entry for Inspired Blueprints' 88th sketch.

And here's the sketch...

I hope you like what I've done with the sketch and that you'll join us over at Inspired Blueprints.

Have a great day!


donderdag 7 maart 2013

INSPIRED BLUEPRINTS #86: 2gether 4ever

Yep, another week just past us by and so it's time for a new sketch at Inspired Blueprints. Are you up for the challenge.

Well, here's what I did with the 86th sketch...
For this layout I used an old My Mind's Eye Collection.

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Supplies: My Mind's Eye "Bella Bella", Tim Holtz Alterations "Wordplay" and "Cargo Stencil Number Set", doilies, tule, flower by Prima Marketing, handmade plaster embellishments, Perfect Pearls, gesso, stamp by Tattered Angels.

...and this is, what the sketch looks like...

I hope you will join us over at Inspired Blueprints:
- blog.
We would sure like to see what you did with the sketches.


donderdag 28 februari 2013


The last day of February and also my last entry as one of Cardabilities Design Team members.'For me it's time to move over and make place for a whole new Team.
I've been a member of the Cardabilities team for a little over a year (4 terms) and I have to say: I had a lot of fun working with Karan's sketches and it was great to be on the team. I know the new team members will love their place in the new team and I wish them all the best.
Time for the card (#70) I made. I loved the sketch and I really had fun making this card.

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Supplies: cardstock, Crafty Secrets "Classic" paper pad, Tim Holtz Alterations "Tattered Banners", Ranger's Liquid Pearls, stamps by Unity and Viva Decor, doily, lace, pins, pearl ribbon.

And here's the sketch...

I hope you like what I did with the sketch and that you'll come and join us over at Cardabilities!

See you around!


zondag 24 februari 2013

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013: February

Finally a had some time to sit down and start on Tim Holtz' February-tag before the month is over.
February has been a really crazy month for me. Next month will be crazy too, but after that I think ít's getting a bit less hectic.

As to be expected I didn't have all the stuff Tim used on his tag, but I think it turned out well.

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Supplies: Inkssentials #8 size manila tag, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades "Distressed Frame & Postal Set", Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Idea-ology "Cash Keys", Idea-ology Tissue Wrap "Composer", Stamp it Australia "Time in Paris".

And some details...

This was a fun tag to make, but as always I sure am curious what you think of it.

Have a great day!


donderdag 21 februari 2013


It's Thursday night in Europe and already Friday Down Under. What better way to start of the weekend than with a new Inspired Blueprints challenge.

For me this challenge was two challenges in one. Don't ask me why, because I wouldn't know how to answer it, but I really had some difficulties with the sketch. So that was my first challenge.
The seccond challenge was the paper I used for this layout. Although I really love it, I just have to face it... I'm a vintage kinda girl (LOL).
I know my way around with all kinds of vintage paper, but bold colors and I aren't the greatest match.

This is my entry for this week:
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Supplies: Glitz Design "Cashmere Dame", Joy! Crafts dies "Vintage Flourishes 6003/0023" (butterfly) and "Vintage Borders 6002/0163" (swirl), ribbon, lace, rhinestones, alpha by American Craft.
And some detail pictures...

I used glitter glue to give the cut out roses just a bit extra.

Why use a stamp the traditional way, when you can also use just a small part of it?!

The butterfly and swirl I got from Every lil' Thing (Joy! Crafts).

And here's the 84th sketch...

I very curious what you think about the layout a made.

If you want to join us at Inspired Blueprints, just hop on over our ning-site or blog and show us the layout you made with the help of the sketch.

I hope to see you there.

Have a great weekend!!


vrijdag 15 februari 2013


Not only is it Friday, but it's also the 15th of the month. That means it's time for another challenge of Cardabilties. What a great way to start off the weekend.

This is what I did with Cardabilities' 69th sketch:
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Supplies: cardstock, Pink Paislee's "Butterfly Garden", Sizzix Bigz Die "Hearts Primitive", Joy! Crafts Vintage Flourishes die "6003/0024, Martha Stewart's "Branch" punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities, stamp by Melissa Frances, doily, ribbon, pearls, Perfect Pearl Mist

Some details:

The flower dies I got from Every Lil' Thing (Joy! Crafts).

I made the small plaster heart myself. I colored it with distress ink and sprayed a little Perfect Pearls Mist (perfect pearl), which gives it a different look then when I would've used Glimmer Mist.

And of course... the sketch:

As always I hope you like what I've did with the skech and of course I really love to see you joining us at Cardabilies!

Have a great day!!


donderdag 7 februari 2013


Thursday in Europe and Friday Downunder... Whatever day it is, it's time for Inspired Blueprints' new sketch and this time the second half of our Design Team are going to show you what they've done with it.

Here's my entry...
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Supplies: Maya Design "Fika", swirl by Dusty Attic, Martha Stewart punches "Doily Lace" and "Double Scallop", Marianne Design die RL0115 (big butterfly), Memory Box dies "Darla Butterfly" and "Vivienne Butterfly", flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts, pearls, pearl ribbon, chippboard font, Ranger Distress Ink, embossing powder.

Some details...

And this is the 82nd sketch we had to work with this time around...
The big lettlers were painted with Crackle Paint (Milled Lavender). When dried I colored some of each letter with Distress Ink (Dusty Concord). Next, when dried, I embossed it with clear embossing powder and after that with some I sprinkled some colored embossing powder on it, for the 'speck effect' on the letters.
The small letters were done just about the same way. I only left out the coloring with the Distress Ink.

I hope you like what I did with the sketch. Just come on over at Inspired Blueprints and come and see what the other Design Team members did. Or... better yet...  join in and show us what you've done with the sketch!
Inspired Blueprints BLOG.
Inspired Blueprints NING-SITE

Until next time!


dinsdag 5 februari 2013


I guess I can say that my year started off just great. January 1st I found an email in my inbox saying that my project "Endless Love" was elected to appear in the February 2013 issue of Scrap n' Art magazine.

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Take a look if you like and enjoy all February projects!

Enjoy your day!


woensdag 30 januari 2013

CARDABILITIES #68: "Special Memory"

It's that time again: time for Cardabilities' new card challenge (#68).

This is the card I made...
Supplies:  cardstock, Maja Design "Fika", Spellbinder's Nestabilities "Circles" and "Scalloped Circles", Tim Holtz Alterations "Mini Love Struck Set", KaiserCraft "Friendship Sentiments", lace, pearl, clear embossing powder.

...and here's the sketch...

An extra challenge for me this time around was the color I used. Although I really love purple, I think it's hard to work with.

Hope you like what I did with the sketch and that you'll join us over at Cardabilities!

Have a great day!


vrijdag 25 januari 2013

My introduction at Inspired Blueprints

As I told a couple of weeks ago, I'm one of the lucky one's who got in Inspired Blueprints' design team. Here's my formal introduction.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing another of our lovely design team members...

Jolanda C. van Pareren

Located | the Netherlands

Blog | Scrapdictive
Preferred scrapbooking medium | 12x12

What inspired you to begin your creative journey?
The first time I ever saw a scrapbook page my husband and I were in Florida on vacation. I loved it, but at that time, as far as I knew, it wasn't known in the Netherlands. It wasn't until a couple of years later I stumbled over a Dutch scrapbooking magazine. I bought it, but at that time I was hooked on another hobby (making jewellery) so I didn't do anything with it. It wasn't until we bought a puppy, that I really wanted to do something with it. To be sure that I knew what I was doing, I took a beginners workshop. I was hooked right away. It took a while to find out which style I really liked, but then... Well, just take a look at the things I'll be posting for Inspired Blueprints, or take a peak on my blog.

If you were to describe your scrapbooking style in five words, what would they be?
Vintage chic / romantic / sometimes side step to mixed media.

What type of camera do you use?
a reflex camera (Nikon D3200).

Where do you do most of your scrapbooking?
Since my husband made me a scrapbooking room, I'm using it for about 99% of the times. The other percent is on the couch in the living room.

What time of day are you most creative, and what inspires you to create?
Since I mostly wake up in the wee hours of the morning (I wish sometimes I could sleep late), I'm most productive in the early mornings, but... when I got this idea in my head that just has to come out, I can easily go on scrapbooking until somewhere around 03.00 a.m. (only in weekends).

Why do you love sketches?
I guess because it's kind of challenging. Especially when you're 'forced' to make something different then you would make by your self.


Jolanda has described her scrapping style to a tee! Check out her vintage chic and romantic spin on Inspired Blueprints sketch 74
Inspired Blueprints | Sketch 74

Also, did you know that Inspired Blueprints has a blog and a ning site? You sohould take a look at them both and please, don't hesitate to sign up.
I hope to see you there!


vrijdag 18 januari 2013

Some stamped tags

I thogught it was time for me to take out some stamps. After some playing around with them, this is what I've got.
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Supplies: Inkssentials manila tag #8, Stamp-It Australia "Time in Paris" & "A Map", Stampers Anonymous "Mixed Media CMS125" and "Carte Postale", Pink Paislee stamp "Parisian Anthology", Unity "Beloved Collection - Be Still", Ranger Distress Ink, clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz Alterations Mover and Shapers "Mini butterfly set".

For this tag I inked up to whole background with Ranger's Tumbled Glass. Next I stamped my background with "Carte Postale" and used the same color. Because I wanted to emboss my stamps on top I had to use the heat gun to dry the ink.
After stamping both the "Time in Paris" and "Parisian Anthology" stamp with black distress ink, I dipped the tag in clear embossing powder, used my heatgun again, distressed the edges with some vintage photo and started decoration the tag with some pieces of paper and a butterfly diecut on which I also used some clear embossing powder.

For this tag to corners on one side with "Crushed Olive". I used the same color on the opposite side right in the middle. The 'left over space' (which also should be to corners on one side and right in the middle of the other side) I inked with "Mustard Seed".
After drying the ink with a heatgun, I sprayed some water on the tag used my heat tool to dry the wate. That way you'll get those splattery light colored stains on the tag.
Next I stamped "A Map" with black distress ink and embossed it.
The birds were inked up with the same ink colors as I used for my background.
For the chicken wire stamp I used some "Vintage Phote", the same color I used to ink the edges of the tag.

For some great stamps you should take a look at Sin City Scraps! I just love what I saw there!

I have to get going now.
Have a great Friday!


dinsdag 15 januari 2013

CARDABILITIES #67: Get well soon

It's the 15th of the month and so it's time for a new challenge (67th) at Cardabilities.
Two challenges for me this time around. The first one was the skecht itself, it has a round shape in it. A kind a shape that isn't my strongest point. The second challenge is the color I picked: blue... but hey... at times you've got to challenge yourself too, isn't it.?!
This is the card I made...
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Supplies: cardstock, Pion Design "Studio of Memories", doiley, lace, Spellbinders Nestabilities "scalloped circle" (and on the inside a "get wel soon" stamp by Martha Stewart).
And this is the skecht we had to work from this time
If you're up for a challenge just come on over and join us at Cardabilities and show us what you created using our sketch.

Have a great day!


zondag 13 januari 2013

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013: January

Last year I gave it a try to join Tim Holtz on his "12 Tags of 2012" journey, but somehow there was always something to get in my way and so I only did 7 out of 12 tags (still have to show most of them). Well, it's a new year and I promised myself that I would make all of Tim's "12 Tags of 2013" this time around.

That being said, here's my version of the January tag.

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Supplies: Inkssentials #8 size manila tag, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades "Postcard & Sheet Music Set", Alterations Die "Gadget Gears", Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Stampers Anonymous "Birds and Baubles CMS039", Idea-ology "Mini Gears", "Sprocket Gears", "Mini Fasteners", "Game Spinners", "Charm Clips", "Film Strip Ribbon" and "Pen Nips", coin, ribbon, Unity stamp "Vintage Postcard".

Since I don't have that many texture fades I used another one then Tim used in his tag. With a bit of imagination I thought the  "Gadget Gears" die could still be used for the tag.

It was fun to make this tag, but I always I would still like to think what you think of it.

Have a great Sunday!


dinsdag 8 januari 2013

What a great way to start off a new year!

I think I read the email saying that I selected to be on the Inspired Blueprints Design Team for about three time, before it really sunk in. Such great news to start of the new year!
After taking a break for a while this fantastic sketch site is starting back up. I'm really honorred to be among a group of ladies with such great talent.
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On February 1st the first new sketch will go live. Hope to see you there.

Are you ready? Have you signed up to the Inspired Blueprints gallery yet?
Come one, come all...and join in the fun.


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