Monday, March 13, 2017

Collage cards and a give-away

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well.
Yes, I'm still here but I just can't seem to make cards anymore! I cannot take a good photograph either! Even scanning a card looks odd and I don't know what to do about it!

I do have a couple of collage cards to show with my new little birdie stamp which I made a while ago.

I do have something I would like to send to somebody who is interested and really wants it. It is a Vintage Images CD Vol 3 from Tuscan Rose.

I will gladly send it to anybody in the world who wants it.

Please let me know and if I find out its quite popular I will have to pick a name out of a hat!

Sorry ladies but my head is just not up to crafting at the moment.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Using up the patterned papers!

Happy New Year! So sorry I haven't been around. I have had a lapse in creating cards but have been crocheting and making some home decor projects for my family, even forgetting to take a photograph. My third granddaughter was born on 27th December. Her name is Hanaë. All is well. René and I visited my family in England for Christmas and had a good time!

Just lately I have found the need to use up some patterned paper which just lie unused. I usually use up all of my craft supplies but haven't had the needed inspiration to make something with them. A card on Pinterest sparked an idea to use up papers which have been in my possession for several years. I will show some of them and hope you might also find some suitable stamps to use on the papers you have. The simple solution is to stamp over the top of the paper and white emboss, that changes the whole outlook.

This is one example. A nice piece of paper, but on its own, or with a sentiment, not very appealling. The white embossing lifts it up and passes in my book as a suitable card to send to somebody. I have linked up this card to the a2z Scrapbooking Blog here.

The same goes with this one,

and this one, which comes from the same sheet of paper as the first card.

So I hope to have given somebody an idea today!

Nice to be back, so now and then.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Virginia View Challenge #25

I am joining in with Virginia's challenge this month and thanks to her for hosting! Here is the theme and blog link..

So my card for the challenge has punched out leaves from a plaid patterned paper that somebody sent to me a long time ago.

I have used a doily which helped me make a perfect circle with the leaves and decorated them with red gem berries. The sentiment is gold embossed and is from Hero Arts.

While I was inspired I made two more cards with the same design. I had a lot of alcohol ink snippets left over from past cards which I punched out leaves from and made these.

I have used a heart aperture panel (thank you, Betty K).
The sentiment 'Fall' is gold embossed and its the first time I have used this Hero Arts stamp. Behind the aperture I adhered a doily.

These designs are so easy to make. All you need is a doily and a leaf punch and your Fall card has been created!
Have a happy weekend!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Alcohol Inks

Probably you can relate... we are always looking for a place to put a sentiment on our cards. When my friend ordered ten of my cards she said - I would like to have cards without a sentiment so that I can make them my own...
So I refrained from putting a sentiment on these cards. The panels of glossy cardstock have been dabbed with a random inking of alcohol inks. Ginger, cranberry and eggplant. I always add a few drops of alcohol blender solution which is apparent by the 'rings' you see. I also made two in one go - that is a frugal way of using all the ink on the felt applicator.

The large butterfly is Penny Black. The set is called Butterfly Trio. I white embossed the image.

This is the smallest size of the butterflies. I love the depth that alcohol inks bring to a card.

We are having beautiful sunny, warm weather! Since we have a National holiday on Tuesday, that means four beautiful days to rest and gives thanks to the Lord for His Goodness and Kindness.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Flower Cascade

Hello everyone! I have been away in Spain - a beautiful spot next to the sea and it was the place where we held our Annual Meetings for the Mission work we do here in France. Had a wonderful time and miss it!

This card was made with alcohol inks, three colors, one pink and two greens: oregano, pesto and cranberry. I dabbed the inks onto glossy card stock and then... used my new stamp which I love! It's from Penny Black and its called Flower cascade.
I black embossed the image to secure it on the glossy paper.

That's all for today.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Butterfly Trio - inspired by Virginia Lu

One day into Fall and a beautiful Indian Summer seems to follow the hot Summer days we had. The days are cooler and much more comfortable. That makes crafting a little easier and the new stamps I purchased give the necessary inspiration!
Well, it was actually Virginia Lu who inspired me with her beautiful summer cards using these butterflies. They can be seen here.
Before I show you my cards, just a huge thank you to those who are so nice to leave me feedback, I really appreciate it. I have recently just came back from a Mission trip to Bratisalava and in a week's time will be in Spain. The time I have over after work are precious hours that I like to be creative in, which means cooking, making jewellry, painting furniture, and yes, card-making!

So this is my first card. I have never used alcohol ink on vellum before, but that is the tip I got from Virginia. Just dab alcohol inks with an applicator on the back of the embossed image, before you cut it out - that is what I did with the butterfly, which is a new stamp set from #Penny Black. The sentiment is #Hero Arts.

This second card is a little different as I stamped and embossed the butterfly direct to the distressed panel, and adhered one pair of vellum wings to give some dimension.

Here is the set.

Thanks for your inspiration, Virginia.

I want to share something with you that might encourage or help somebody who happens upon my blog today.
A little while back I read this sentence:  God is faithful to accomplish the Plan He has for your life - but not your own plans... it was instant revelation. I may seem dumb but I hadn't really grasped this in my spirit. We sometimes think of God being a Father who blesses us in all we do and in our daily lifes, which is true BUT - God has his own specific plan for our lives which could be totally different than ours!! You know the line - Let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven .... that means HIS will and not mine. This has really dawned on me and I notice myself wanting His Will and His Plans more than ever. And finding the discernment to ask Lord, is this You or is it me???
These following words gave me so much joy - they are confronting, deep and exposing, but the truth will always set us free:

The thing you never would choose for your life, chooses you for a reason.

The thing that you’d never pick, picks you to become brave.

You get what you need  — by walking through what you never wanted.

The thing you never wanted, may turn out to be be the thing you need most.
The thing that may make you fall a bit apart, may be part of what one day holds you a bit together.

There are reasons we don’t understand that someday will help keep us standing, there is pain that isn’t a poison but a prescription, there are broken ways that are actually breaking us free.

The cross you’ve been given —
is always God’s kindest decision. 
The cross you carry — is carrying you toward who you are meant to be. 

The article in which this was written can be found here. I would recommend you read it as many, many people carry crosses we never know about but have a faith that holds on to God no matter what! That's what I call faith!!!

May your day be blessed!

Monday, August 15, 2016


And so it came to pass that we were invited to a Summer Camp gathering of believers a while back. How refreshing to sit in a circle and see everybody's face and not the back of their heads for an hour. The prayer requests seemed to emerge from a corner that was also very refreshing such as let's pray that the wars will stop, for the terror groups etc. Not even, please pray for my big toe or for my mother or even please ask the Lord to heal 'me'. On looking a bit closer I realised that this group were handicapped, intelligently challenged people... I had received the sermon already, no need for a further word from God as He chooses the weak to confound the strong .....
But again I was surprised to see an old man convey some beautiful truths from his own life of suffering. He said that if we try to understand God's Ways in our lives then we get a short circuit (doesn't sound right, but I am translating from Dutch). We have to trust God, not try to understand. And then I was conveyed back to my birthday last year when I heard God say just one word, and that was SURRENDER. Surrender, meaning letting go of control, letting God do it His Way and not yours, giving up the stubborn attitudes! I have to say that my life changed after that, but for how long before the old ways start to creep back in again? 
We need God's Grace every day!

A couple of cards I managed to make when the outdoors is really calling and it's so hot and sticky that my arm is sticking to my desk everytime I lift my hand from the mouse pad ;)

I used a Seringe stamp from a very old Stampin' Up set and some butterflies from my scrap drawer.
Sentiments are Hero Arts.

We have a National holiday today. Hope you enjoy yours!