Picture Perfect Birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Have you taken a good look at the Picture Perfect suite in the Spring Summer catalogue? You can find it on pages 4 and 5. The first thing that spoke to me were the cheerful colours. The stamp set was one of the first things I ordered from this brochure, as well as the Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots. Wow! The name is bigger than the product itself! They are a set of mini ink pads with the same ink in them as the large pads. The colours coordinate beautifully with this suite: Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party. The handy thing about these tiny cubes is that you can easily take them with you on the go and that you can use them precisely. So that when you use a stamping tool like the Stamperatus or MISTI, you don’t end up with ink all over the door of your tool.

Paper with photo’s ?

The only thing about this suite that I didn’t immediately love, was the papaer. I wasn’t at all crazy about the photo’s on the one side of the paper. Luckily the back side is beautiful designed print paper…
Boy, was I wrong!
The more I looked at examples on Pinterest, the more I appreciated the fun photo-side of the paper. When I decided to order it and play with the paper, I was transformed.This paper is so much fun! And it’s so versatile. The pictures are so pretty that you just need to add a sentiment and you’ve already got a nice card. But that’s not all. You can cut out the different parts for even more combination possibilities. Now you can layer the different elements and because there are 4 sheets of each of the designs in the pack, you never have to worry about running out. Of course the ‘simple’prints on the back sides of the papers are gorgeous too and once I’m done playing with the photo-side of the papers I will still have plenty of opportunities to use the rest of the paper. Below you can see the three cards I made using this fun paper.

Treat yourself

The first card features donuts. It’s making me peckish just looking at this paper. The Berry Burst layer behind the donut paper is the reverse side of the paper with the large confetti photo. Both layers are attached to a Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base. I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the very appropriate Treat yourself sentiment. I used my MISTI just to be sure. Now I could be certain about the placement of the stamp and if I needed to stamp it a second time, I would get exact placement in the exact same place. As I finishing touch I stuck down some of the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins around the sentiment. The sequin colours match the rest of the Picture Perfect Party suite beautifully. There are 50 sequins each in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie and yellow. A total of 250 adhesive sequins for just € 8,50.


Happiest of Birthdays

For this card I used a sketch. I used the balloon paper as the main feature. At the bottom of the card is another little accent grouping with a stamped gift bow. It is stamped in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White cardstock. Next I fussy cut it and attached it using Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the three little strips of paper in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and the reverse side of the balloonpaper, which ground it The sentiment happiest of birthdays to you in Bermuda Bay ink finish the card.





Celebrate you

The observant viewers amongst you probably noticed it straight away. I didn’t. I didn’t notice until I was taking this picture. I stuck the paper upside down on my card!! You can tell by the pink streamers but seeing as it’s only noticeabel there I decided to just leave it and hope that the recipiant isn’t as observant. Anyhow, learn from my mistakes. These gorgeous photographed prints definately have a distinct direction.
I chose to keep this card simple. I stuck the paper to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base and cut some Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White cardstock in to banner shapes. I ended up chopping of one of the points of the banners from the coloured pieces. I stamped the sentiment Today we celebrate wonderful, briljant fabulous you! on to the Whisper White banner in Peekaboo Peach ink. I finished the composition by placing the flags and attaching everything with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue.

Hopefully I have given you some inspiration and have made you excited about trying these papers yourself. Should you have any questions or comments, I look forward to reading them in the comment section below. Should you wish to get in touch with me for any other reason, you can do that as of today using the contact form on the contact page of this site.

See you next time,


Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Adorable Elephants Card Set

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Hello Peeps,

Did you enjoy the holidays? Hopefully you were spoiled as much as I was this year. Since I had bought myself quite a few stampsets the past half year, I stamped them all out on some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. This way, I can watch some telly in the evening and do some colouring at the same time. Then, when the kids are at school, I can turn the coloured images in to a nice card set. And that is exactly how these cards started out. For some colour inspiration I used the ColorThrowdown Callenge 462. I used Distress Ink as my colour medium because those colours matched the challenge colours the best, in my opinion. Armed with my waterbrush, four Distress Ink colours (Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass), a piece of kitchen roll and my piece of laminated white paper, which I use as a palet, I could colour whilest sitting on the sofa with my husband, watching a series on tv. Who says you can’t have it all?


The first card is a Made by ME white card base with a piece of polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite papers pad. I cut the fifth largest cirkel from my Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies out of some paper from an Avec Colours Unlimited pad with number 4952436 and the third smallest from a scrap of plain pink paper. I stamped the sentiment on to a scrap of white cardstock and cut it to size with a banner end on one side. The addition of the elephant and the kite make this is friendly card.

This card is another Made by ME cardbase that is covered with a checked pattern from my Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastel pad. I wanted to place the elepant in to some grass, but I didn’t want to introduce green as another colour. Therefore I cut the fourth smallest circle from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 once from some Coastal Cabana and once from some Pool Party cardstock, both from Stampin’ Up. Next I cut the Coastal Cabana circle with one of the grass dies from the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders set., after which I could rebuild the circle and place the elephant and the flowers. I used the same Coastal Cabana cardstock along the left hand side of the card to make it al little less flat. Since the card was looking very blue and I still had a piece of the polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad laying on my desk, I used it as a background. But it was still lacking something. I rumaged through my stash looking for a piece of orange cardstock that matched with the orange in the dots. On to this I stamped the sentiment and added a sliver of orange along the side. As far as I’m concerned that was exactly the right amount to give some contrast and balance to the layout

This card uses a lot of the same elements as the cards above. The white cardbase is from Made by ME, the polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad (this time cut out with the third smallest circle die from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33), a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up (cut to the same size as the polka dot paper) and the checkered pattern from the Avec Colours Unlimited pad nummer 4952436 (cut with the fifth smallest  circle die the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33). The sentiment was stamped directly on to the card base with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I tried to bend te stamp so it would have the same curva as the circle. Then I just needed to add the elephant and the butterflies.

The position of the elephant was leading in determining the layout of this card. I couldn’t just place him in in the middle of the card because he so clearly wanted to stand in the bottom right hand corner. I wanted to keep this card as minimal as possible. The pink background is a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock by Stampin’ Up. But leaving it like that was a bit too basic for my taste. I cut two pieces of dotted paper from the Simple Stories Sn@p Life and stuck them on either side of the Made by ME cardbase so that only a row of half cirkels would show. I stamped the sentiment at the elephant’s feet to ground him, whilest keeping the rest of the card light and airy.

I was amazed how quickly these cards came together. Of course it took me a while to settle on the layout of each card but that always takes me longer than I anticipate. However by doing everyting step by step, it all went rather quickly

Finally I want to wish everyone a happy new year. May you achieve all your goasl in good health with lots of love.

See you next time



Circles Crocodile Card

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Hello Peeps,

This time I was inspired by a colour combination from the ColorThrowdown challenge blog. The colours were bright blue, bright green and white (CDT460). An ideal colour combination for a boy celebrating his second birthday. I did have to struggle a little to find an interesting layout, but I really think this card worked out nicely.

I started by applying double-sided tissuetape to the back of a scrap piece of white paper and to four different pieces of green paper. This is so it would be easier to puzzle everything back together, after I diecut it using the Large Ringlets die by Memory Box. I removed the paper from the dies very carefully, trying to keep it all in tact as much as I could. Because the shape was quite large, I decided to cut away a few of the cirkels from the white outline. I proceded to stick the white outline to a white cardbase, using the outside (negative) shape to minimise the warping of the cirkels. Now it was merely a matter of puzzling the green circles into the outline, making sure no two of the same green paper are next to each other. From another piece of white paper I diecut the third smallest circle die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr.33 dieset. I stamped the crocodile from Wild For You on to it and used a black pen to give him a partyhat and a balloon. I coloured the image using Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point ink by Stampin’ Up and my waterbrush. From a scrap of blue paper I cut a bannerstrip on to which I stamped the sentiment happy birthday from the Happy Everything stampset by Lawn Fawn with VersaMark ink. I covered it with Super Fine Detail embossingpowder by Ranger in white and melted the powder. I tried out where to place it and cut it to size and gave it a flagged end. I attached the circle with the crocodile to the card using some foamtape as well as the sentiment.

All in all it is a reasonably simple card. Only the puzzling of the circles took some time. The result is pretty and those who have seen the card all ask the same thing: how did you do that background with the circles?

Should you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,