Thursday, 29 December 2011

From Screen 2 Scrap - White Christmas

This month from screen 2 scrap challenge is White Christmas. I love these pictures of our guinea pigs wearing their Christmas hats!

Scruffy - the black and white one doesn't look too impressed!

Thanks for visiting my blog

Jolanda x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas tag

This is my entry in Panpastel's tag challenge

I white embossed some snowflakes on the tag then inked with blue and green distress inks.

the trees are a cuttlebug cut and the mini tag a free stamp from craftstamper magazine.

The father Christmas I stamped first and then brushed over with perfect pearls powder.

bye for now

Jolanda x

Winter Wonderland stepper card

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

I made this stepper card for a few challenges:

I used glitter on my snow (writer) on the trees and also on the background behind the girl.

I'm really pleased at the way my deer turned out - first I coloured them with promarkers and then dotted with the blender to create spots. (it didn't show while wet but as it dried they appeared as if by magic!)

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Vintage Style Christmas Card

I made this card following a sketch for Cute Card Thursday's sketch challenge but went a little wrong, but I think its still recognisable. Across the middle I used crepe paper which I stamped and mica powdered.

Bye for now

Jolanda x

Simon Says Stamp and show some Tickets

Hi everyone, hope you're having a great Sunday.

This is my entry into the simon Says Stamp and Show challenge - show some tickets

The wordin on the tag says enjoy the memoirs - unfortunately memoirs doesn't show too well on the photo. My ideas for this piece were to make a time machine tag - and the tickets would allow you to be taken back in time.

The clock is a squashed bottle cap in which I put a stamped clock face and filled this with crackle glaze. The wings are from a metal butterfly which I snapped in half and covered with alcohol inks.

thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The best thing about being a woman?

Once upon a Sketch challenge this month is to journal about what is the best thing about being a woman! lots of things! at the same time!! lol.

After all we are multi-taskers aren't we?

I recently went to The Range and bought this great Kraft cardstock - really cheap too! compared to some other shops.
I used my cricut to cut the border (Storybook) and my cuttlebug for the lettering.
The black and white pictures are from a site 'digital two for Tuesday'
Thanks for looking
Jolanda x

Sunday, 20 November 2011

the Stampman challenge

The challenge set by the stampman challenge blog is to create something using techniques from the Christmas tags by Tim Holtz.

I looked at the tags and decided to use the backgound technique on the day 12 tag 2009.

The colours I used are aged mahogany and tumbled glass.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Elegant lady

This is my entry for the sketch challenge on the Saturday Challenge blog, I have also combined it with another challenge on Simon Says Stamp and Show - Women only

The lady stamp is by Oxford Impressions.

I embossed with a purple cosmic shimmer on the sentiment and round the edges, unfortunately it doesn't show in the photo how beautiful it is.

Thanks for looking

Look!!! my winnings!!!!!

My winnings arrived from Australia this week!! Can't wait to play with them!!!

They are from the challenge sites of Artastic and Screen 2 Scrap - go and have a look they have great prizes!!!

Jack Skellington cake

Hi everyone, hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

I thought I would post some pictures from my youngest daughter's birthday last week.

As you might guess she is a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, so I made her a Jack Skellington cake.

My mum is a cardmaker now, I think she caught the virus off me!!!

Here's her lovely bird and flowers card.

Lastly this is the card I made for my daughter. I used a svg cutting file made by Mardenz and cut it out on my cricut.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Home for the holidays from Screen 2 Scrap

November's Screen 2 Scrap Inspiration came from the poster of the film 'Home for the Holidays'

The criteria to follow was

1) Journal in white pen = 1 pt

2) Use the word 'HOME' in your title = 2 pts

3) Use a photo of a family gathering = 3 pts

I've had this photo hanging around for ages and thought I better do something with it!!

It was difficult to scrap because of the bright blue background, but when I cut it off, everything became much easier.

The cardstock is a frozen pizza box!! I gessoed the brick using a stencil I cut on my cricut and the clock and diamonds are embossed with sea foam white powder.

The patterned papers are by Kaisercraft.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Amazing blog Candy from the Craft Barn

The craft barn have over 600 followers and are now offering this wonderful candy.

Wow!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one!!

Finishes 25TH November so pop over and have a look!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Gorjuss Christmas Card


I thought I better get on with my Christmas cards!! I've only made 3.

The Sugarbowl Challenge site have a sketch challenge this week - using sketches makes life so much easier I think!

The snowflakes are Marianne Dies and the leaves are a cricut cut from the Straight from the Nest cartridge.
Have a nice evening

Jolanda x

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Wish - wedding layout

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a nice weekend.

At my daughter's wedding it showered a few times but certainly didn't ruin the day.

The vicar said it was good luck, so that was alright!

The photo is of my daughters and bridesmaids going into the church before the wedding ceremony.

Some time ago I experimented with stamping onto masking tape and kept it on some plastic pockets. I used some of this across the centre of the page.

The title I stained with green ink and then put crackle glaze over the top.

most of the flowers are from a still life painting that I printed out and cut into many pieces. the butterflies are from a hot off the press nature collage book

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Grungy Monday

This is my entry for the latest Grungy Monday challenge - Perfect Distress.

I stamped the pen nibs and then did the perfect distress technique on them!! of course, the best bits are covered up - One day the best bit will be in a good place to stay uncovered!

I think the man is the Duke of Wellington.

The quote reads the best things in life aren't things. I made this stamp with my new stampmaker I have just bought.

Press studs are stuck in the corners.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Friday, 28 October 2011

I love masking!!

Good evening, everyone

I love to stamp and using masks is one of my favourite techniques - you never really know what the end result will look like!!

First I stamps the loving couple then the Eiffel Tower and behind this is the Arch and some trees. I made a moon shaped mask and inked over the top of all the masks with weathered wood distress ink. A white gel pen was used for the stars.

I am entering this into the Stampman Challenge - Night Time

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Together Wedding Layout

This is my daughter on her wedding day dancing to Endless love by Lionel Ritchie.

I used a sketch from Frosted Designs challenges and the title Together is a word to by used for the Bird is the Word challenge site.

This layout smells really nice!! I used chocolate brownie embossing powder on the swirls and vanilla for the music paper . Behind the photo is a tag with the lyrics to the song.

Thanks for all the lovely comments you have left me :)

Jolanda x

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Spooky layout for Screen 2 Scrap challenge

Hi everyone,

This is my layout for the Screen 2 scrap challenge this month - The challenge is to take inspiration from the poster of the film Psycho!

I couldn't believe it when I read a post from Debi that she was so disappointed that there were so few entries this month!! I thought this was such a great and fun challenge - so all you scrapbookers out there check out this fantastic challenge blog and see what you can come up with.

Now, onto my layout - the photos are from a pub in a small village in Norfolk, on the Broads. I think the story is that Mary Flynn was a reed cutter and her boat caught fire and sank but her body was never found. As you can just about see on the photo her hands are tied and she has an anchor tied to her feet - was she murdered? was she a witch? something we will never know. I thought this was a nice spooky story for the challenge.

The criteria for the challenge was to use a 1 word title cut in half, a spooky house (I have several) and a silhouette of a figure - I didn't do a complete figure but to the right of the picture is a figure drowning (could be Mary) her arms are in the air and her hair is floating on the water (I hope you can work out what bit is what. lol)
Thanks for looking
Jolanda x

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Summer sunset layout

On the Soulscrappers challenge site is a Sense-ational challenge and each challenge is about the senses!!

This time the sights of summer, so this is my interpretation.

The background is painted with acrylic paint which I then stamped into to remove some of the paint. The papers are free from Scrapbooking magazine.

I made bunting from seashells to complete the seaside theme.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

halloween panel using Tim Holtz products

Hope you're having a good Sunday!

This is a panel I have made to enter a couple of challenges

I don't really send Halloween cards so I just thought I would make this and see what I can do with it later - I'm sure it will come in useful for some scrapbooking project in the future!

The back part is embossed using a Tim embossing folder which I then put mahogany distress ink on the raised parts and clear heat embossed - it really enriches the colours.

The front panel I stamped with Walnut stain DI and then coloured with tea dye and peeled paint DIs.

The cat is black embossed and cut out from the same embossing folder as the back panel.

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Sunday, 9 October 2011

ARTastic Challenge for October - the all seeing eye

This month the Artastic challenge was to use a painting 'Dr Jekyll's Hideout' as inspiration.

So this is my 'spooky' layout. I was visiting a church in Best in Holland. This window was in the 'atrium'? of the church (don't know if that is the correct word but it was inside the entrance)

Eyes watching you can be quite scary so I thought I would use this photo.

The background technique I used is featured in this month's craftstamper magazine - messy but fun!!!

Hope you like it!!
Thanks for looking
Jolanda x

Saturday, 8 October 2011


I made this 'Gorjuss' stepper card and then found it fits with a few challenges running at the moment. But first I'll tell you what cuts I used to make it. The trees are made using the Straight From the Nest cartridge. I embossed them using folders in the cuttlebug.

The flowers were punched and coloured in with Promarkers/

The bunting and tablecloth are Molly Blooms stamps. I think the picnic basket is by Olyfant which might be made by Kars but I'm not sure.

I am entering this into the following:

Dutch Dare Card challenges - special fold card

Delightful challenges - make it dimensional

Sir Stampalot - food glorious food

thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Jolanda x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Vintage Gorjuss

Good Evening!

I made this little card for the 5th Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Vintage. I have used vintagey colours for this challenge!! lol

I stamped the girl with Distress Ink and then used a wet brush to pull the colour from the edges.

The bunting and the button are Molly Blooms stamps and the flower a freebie from Craft Stamper.

thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Oriental ATC

Good evening, I hope you are having a good weekend - wow! the weather is fantastic here - summer at last (in the Autumn!!)

This week Simon Says Stamp and show are having an atc challenge.

I don't normally make atcs but thought I would have a go.

I stamped some clouds on the background, gold embossed them and coloured them in with with a white glaze gel pen. The kimono was stamped onto glossy photo paper and coloured in with gel pens.

thanks for visiting my blog

Jolanda x

Sunday, 18 September 2011

gorjuss girl with star tag

My new stamp!! from ebay - isn't she lovely?

I am entering this tag into two challenges:
Fashionable stamping - make a tag
totally gorjuss - nothing square about me

Simon Says Stamp and Show some Steampunk!!

Good evening!!

I saw that SSSS are having a steampunk challenge this week - well that is a challenge for me!
I hope this is steampunk enough!!!

I've had this stamp of the singing lady for some time and have hardly used it - every time I try the image ends up in the bin - but this time I think I've cracked it!! lol
I thought this lady might need a bit of help with her singing - must be very tiring so I added a clockwork key to her back. Behind her are some cogs that turn to give her energy...

I finished it off with a crackled flower that I've also had for some time - I knew it would come in useful one day!

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x

Gorjuss girl - hang me out to dry

Hi, I hope you are having a nice weekend.

I recently bought a Gorjuss stamp and it really is gorgeous!!

I made this card for my sister's birthday and as I used Marianne flower dies (Flora 2) I will enter it into Marianne Design Diva's latest challenge which is to use Marianne flowers

The image is coloured in with my new Promarkers - colouring is a real pleasure with them!

Thanks for looking

Jolanda x