zondag 5 mei 2013

Playing with stamps and colors

Just a few cards I made while playing with stamps and colors. You can see the sun coming out again!
 Card I made for Marcy's Scramble yesterday. We had to use sunshine or all yellow tones. Just to welcome the sun again.
 Last month Hero Arts had a card like this on the frontpage of the blog. I wanted to try coloring this painted flower stamp with distress markers too. Worked out beautifully!
This is just a gorgeous color combination. Hero Arts neon green and Navy shadow ink. A simple one-layered card with a fun way of not completely coloring the background. I inked up a solid stamp with the little neon green ink cube, but left a white spot in the middle. That's why you can see the square form of the ink cube, but the color becomes more solid along the edges. I entered this card at the CASology challenge "Care". and at Simon Says "Happy Mail" challenge.


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dinsdag 23 april 2013

Colorful Clean and Simple

Today Virginia is guest designer at the Muse Card Club. She made a gorgeous card with bold stamping, bold colors and lovely embellishments.
And she still managed to keep it simple! I wanted to enter this challenge and made two cards:
At first I thought to emulate her card by stamping bold flowers with primary colors but I came to the conclusion I could never achieve that  fabulous clean stamping. So I dug out softer colors (soft blossom, soft lilac, soft green Hero Arts inks) and started with a little mask. Then I stamped a square stamp all over the card. The colors, blended a bit to much to my liking, but a little doodling with a black pen solved that problem. After a bit of searching I found three buttons, threaded with twine, to finish off the natural feel.
When I got my first card finished I wanted to do  a second card with colors appropriate for a man. Straight stamping with a small rectangle stamp (colors: navy, cup o'joe and forever green Hero Arts inks) gave me this look. The banner was cut out and the card finished with some silver dots. I also entered this card at the CAS-ual Fridays Birthday Bash (CFC99) challenge.

You see, clean and simple style doesn't always have to be about lots of white space! It can also mean colorful bold stamping with minimal embellishment!

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dinsdag 16 april 2013

Painted Flower

I loved playing with Painted Flower yesterday. Today I used that stamp again, two different ways. Both cards were added to Simon Says "April showers and/or spring flowers" challenge

This one is my entry for Play Date Café #177 with the suggested colors. The design is based on Clean and Simple sketch #236 which has a lot of similarity with the Hero Arts sketch of this month. So I'm entering this card for those challenges too. Today on the Hero Arts blog Lisa showed white stamping on kraft paper, just like Kandis yesterday, and I love that combination!
Here I embossed Painted Flower in white and started blending ink colors dried marigold and fired brick over it. Then I stamped the flower again with fired brick distress ink. Looks like the perfect get-well-soon card for a lady! Even though I only used one of the Play Date Café #177 colors here I'm going to enter this card too.


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maandag 15 april 2013

Hero Arts Prize Arrived!

Three weeks ago I won a prize at the Hero Arts blog (I was allowed a shopping spree at the Hero Arts online store!) and today the package was delivered! Luckily I have no other obligations this evening so I'm enjoying myself to the utmost with new inks, stamps and gems!

I choose the Painted Flower because I just adore flowers this size. I have a whole collection of them! They easily fit on a card, can be cut out, can be stamped in all kinds of colors. Just so versatile! Background: Tartan background stamped with new white Unicorn pigment ink on kraft paper. The unicorn ink stamps beautifully! A bit of twine and washi tape complete the natural feel of this card.

I also choose a neon ink cube pack. These were a huge hit last year and I wanted to play with them too. Besides, spring is here and summer will follow (hopefully rather sooner than later!) and these bright colors give me taste of summer to come! Painted flower in Warhol-style!

This Dandelion is a stamp I have been drooling over more than once. Don't know why I never picked it up. Now I had the chance and I could not pass it over again. I'm glad I choose it because it is a wonderful simple stamp with so many possibilities! You will be seeing more cards with this stamp from me! Here I used it to create a condolence card (Sadly, we need these cards frm time to time) I stamped the dandelion with my new Navy ink. Fantastic dark blue color! Added a bit of stardust glitter to the fluffies, hope you can see it on the inset picture!


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zondag 7 april 2013

Tone-on-tone with Hero Hues

While having fun with solid background I revisited my background stamps and reviewed my Hero Arts inks. I indulged myself with the gorgeous colors and tone-on-tone technique!
The complete card set I made this afternoon based on Hero Arts sketch challenge. I found these cute little Dutch sentiments at the stamping event yesterday and I hoped they would fit the different die-cuts. And they fitted perfectly!
Left card: "birthday". HA inks: pool and stonewash. Stamps: zig zag background, antique engravings shells
Right card: "get well soon". HA inks: soft leaf and forever green. Stamps: daisy outline pattern (S5472. Sorry, I could find no link to this stamp) and the strawberry from engraved fruits.
After I saw Shari's technique video, I colored the shells and strawberries with water soluble  oil pastels.
Left card: "strength". HA inks: soft sand and cup o' joe. Stamps: lace background, butterfly die cut from playful flowers and butterflies.
Right card: "today is your day". HA inks: soft blossom and red royal. Stamps: large flower background. little flower from playful flowers and butterflies. I cut out the large blossom by hand and glued it on the inside of the card, in the lower right corner.

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New Stamps!

I picked up some new stamps at the Art Specially Event at Zeist. A big solid background stamp from Impression Obession will enable me to make cards like this:
Recently I bought a box full of white stamping paper and I was beginning to get a little tired of white all the time. Precolored cards are tiresome because it's never the perfect right color for the inks I have. That problem is now solved! No more mismatched colors! And gorgeous tone-on-tone cards possible! Background stamped with butter bar HA ink and Floating Blossoms (CG147) in soft apricot. Letters were die cut with Parker Lower Alphabet Set.

A card with a faux stitching line (micron 1.0) and partially die cut letters. Background made with Pan Pastel and Real Blossom (K5414)

Yesterday I participated in Sue's Scamble. The challenge was all-white or white/black/silver/grey color combination. This was a wonderful challenge and after the scramble I made a second card. Floating Blossoms embossed in white and the single cut out one in silver.


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donderdag 28 maart 2013

Geometric Shapes

Recently I received my order from Simon Says: Hero Arts geometric shapes. These shapes are so much fun and I could not wait to play with them. Luckily I found some nice challenges to get my mojo going! Both cards participate at A Blog Named Hero: freestyle and at Simon Says: Anything Goes. Well, that was easy, wasn't it?
I made this card with the Moxie Fab: Pastel Pretties in mind. Love those soft colors! Spring may not be here outside but in the creative world it's definitely here! (Yes, I'm still in love with the cheerful Bo Bunny papers from Paula!)
And this card was made with the Moxie Fab: Ombre challenge as inspiration. The shapes just fit perfectly next to each other. And you know the rule: straight lines love dots! Life of the Party dots background made the ombre tag really pop!


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zondag 24 maart 2013

Quilt Paper Piecing

Na de scramble gisteren wilde ik toch nog even verder met de "puzzle" achtergrond van stukje papier. Ik heb het idee dat ik een beetje te ver ben gegaan met deze quilt! De papierstukjes werden wel wat klein, maar na wat puzzelen kreeg ik ze toch netjes op volgorde. Alleen het borduurwerk is nog niet helemaal af!
After yesterdays scramble I wanted to explore the paper pieced background some more. But I think I went a little overboard with this quilt background! The pieces got a bit small, but with a bit of fussing I got them neatly arranged. Still have to finish a bit of stitching though!

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zaterdag 23 maart 2013

Barb's Scramble

De scrambles zijn altijd zo leuk. In 90 minuten een kaart maken volgens de aanwijzingen van de hostess en uploaden naar de Hero Arts Flickr groep. Hier zijn mijn kaarten voor Barb's scramble vanavond:
The scrambles are so much fun! You have 90 minutes to create a card according to the guidelines the hostess provides and upload it to the Hero Arts Flickr group. Here are my cards for Barb's scramble tonight:

I have entered this card at the Simon Says challenge easter/spring.
And to the Die Cut Diva's "anything green" challenge.

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woensdag 6 maart 2013

Voorjaarskaarten - Spring Cards

Ben weer aan het spelen met de achtergrond techniek die ik voor de kerst heb laten zien. De kleuren lopen dan zo heerlijk in elkaar over. En Hero Arts heeft bij deze maand uitdaging een setje prachtige kleuren gekozen. Ik kon niet weerstaan een aantal combinaties te proberen!
I'm playing again with the background technique I showed you before Christmas. I love how the colors flow with this technique. And Hero Arts has chosen a set of wonderful soft colors for their monthly challenge. I could not resist trying a few combinations!
 Classic Tea Flower with bundled sage and squeezed lemon distress inks.
Three Ferns with bundled sage and shaded lilac.
Hydrangea with shaded lilac and tumbled glass.

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zaterdag 2 maart 2013

Voorjaarskleuren - Spring Colors

Heerlijke voorjaarskleuren in de Hero Arts maandelijkse uitdaging. Ik krijg even geen genoeg van shaded lilac en squeezed lemon. Ze passen zo goed bij elkaar!

Yummie spring colors at the Hero Arts monthly contest. I can't get enough of shaded lilac and squeezed lemon. They are so lovely and cheerful together!

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Resist Embossing

Het wordt spannend. Op Hero Arts flickr groep zijn we bijna aan de 80.000-ste upload toe! Het is een fantastische groep die altijd aanmoedigt met zoveel talent. En de kaarten geven altijd inspiratie. We doen vaak een scramble (in 90 minute een kaart maken en uploaden) en elke maand is er de Hero Arts wedstrijd. Kom eens kijken, iedereen is welkom van beginner tot gevorderd.

It's getting close to 80.000 uploads on the Hero Arts flickr group! It's a fantiastic group of people with loads of talent and encouragement. The cards are always inspiring. We often have a scramble (create and upload a card in 90 minutes) en each month Hero Arts has a contest. Come over and have a look, everyone is welcome whether you are a beginning or an experienced card artist.

Ik denk dat 80.000 kaarten wel een extra kaartje verdienen met een beetje "priegelig knippen". Natuurlijk in de HA kleuren van maart. En ik heb stempels gebruikt die al een poosje stil lagen: Large Flower Pattern (S5471) en Poppy Background (CG140)

I thought 80.000 cards deserves an extra card with a little "fussy cutting". Off course I used the HA contest colors! And I used two stamps I found in the "unused corner": Large Flower Pattern (S5471) and Poppy Background (CG140)


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woensdag 27 februari 2013

Cirkels - Circles

CASology heeft een uitdaging met cirkels. Ik had direkt mijn favoriete techniek in gedachten: masking. Met de voorjaarskleuren van distress inkt: shaded lilac, peacock feathers en squeezed lemonade, is het een vrolijke kaart geworden. Zeker met de bling steentjes in de juiste kleuren erbij!

CASology has a challenge with circles. I wanted to use my favorite technique for this challenge: masking. With the spring colors from the distress inks: shaded lilac, peacock feathers and squeezed lemon it became a very cheerful card. Luckily I had some gemstones in the right colors in my stash!


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dinsdag 26 februari 2013

Shabby Chic

Een poging voor een kaart in "shabby chic" stijl. Ik ben niet helemaal zeker of het nou geslaagd is of niet maar het is in elk geval een leuke kaart geworden. Met kleuren die ik niet zo vaak gebruik: old paper, frayed burlap en een beetje gathered twigs. Mijn bijdrage voor de challenge op ABNH.

An attempt at a card in "shabby chic" style. I'm not really sure how well I succeeded but it's a fun card at least! With colors I do not use very much: old paper, frayed burlap and a bit of gathered twigs. My entry for ABNH.


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Een paar simpele schattige kaarten met Magnolia kinderen.
Made some simple cute cards with magnolia children.

This is my entry for the CASE study challenge #129. And I was a Top 3 winner! Thanks CASE Study!


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donderdag 24 januari 2013

Dylusions Canvas

Even heel iets anders. We hadden een lege muur in de logeerkamer en daar moest iets kleurigs op. Kleurig is het in elk geval wel geworden!

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