Four Seasons, Four Sentiments

A lady asked me to create four double-layout cards for her, one for each season. She also provided me with four seasonal sentiments to incorporate. What a fun challenge that proved to be! ūüôā

I also used four brands by the way, so I really saw all four ūüė鬆corners of my craft supply room. Here’s the collections I used:

  • Spring: Graphic 45, Time to Flourish
  • Summer: Kaisercraft, Fly Free
  • Autumn: Bo Bunny, Autumn Song
  • Winter: Studiolight, Frozen Forest

Let me know what you think!



Kraft-colored Tea Box with Olive Tree

A man requested a customized tea box for his beloved, an avid tea lover. He asked me to keep it natural, with browns and greens and no fuss, and when I suggested he watch my K&Company Olive Tree paper walkthrough, he chose four sheets that he loved the best.

So it’s with those four 12×12″ sheets that I altered this 9-partition wooden tea box. I used some die-cuts to create a paper ornament on top, with a Tea is Ready stamp – in Dutch. The result is an elegant, stylish tea box keepsake in warm, neutral kraft colors. I was of course very happy to hear both the man and his lady loved the tea box! ūüôā

Have you ever created a kraft-colored project or would you ever consider it?




Tri-shutter Birthday Card for a Guy

Hi all!

Today I’m sharing another idea for a birthday card to send to a man¬†in your life. As for its shape, it’s a so-called tri-shutter¬†card. I cut this one with a special die, but you can cut these yourself as well, just check out¬†my free video tutorial, which I’ll embed again at the end of this blog post for your convenience.

For decoration I used Oxford, a nicely colorful collection by Basic Grey with mostly masculine overtones. I also did some stamping: a circle-shaped Happy Birthday stamp on the front, and some smaller gift-wrapped presents on the other panels which I fussy-cut and then lifted with some dimensional tape. And last but not least a Kaisercraft birthday sentiment which I stamped in two colors on the center panel.


A tri-shutter card fits into a regular envelope
Kaisercraft sentiment stamp on the center panel, stamped in two colors

My video tutorial on how to make a tri-shutter card:


Birds in a Tree Tea Box

Now and again I like to vary my craft technique and leave papercrafting for a short while to dabble in decoupaging. I use this technique mainly to alter wooden or porcelain objects, like gift boxes but also candles, coffee mugs and even a lamp!

Usually I paint such an object white or ivory first, so that the napkin’s colors will show clear & bright. With the tea box I’m sharing today however, I started decoupaging without painting it white first. This made for warm wood colors, and also caused the box title Thee (= Dutch for Tea) on the lid¬†to show through nicely.

After adhering the parts of the napkin I wanted to use, I painted the rest of the box around them in a warm forest green and added some glitter accents. Of course I covered the whole thing with boat varnish to protect it from all things Liquid – a prudent measure if you’re anything like Clumsy Me ūüôā

By the way, an altered tea boxes makes for a great gift!




French Country Memory Box (Handmade)

My friend asked me to create a memory box, like the ones I showed you earlier¬†only larger. She chose the beautiful, romantically rural¬†French Country¬†collection by¬†Graphic 45 –¬†especially since she loves France.

This handmade storage box is pretty large and can hold lots of memorabilia, or even one or more mini albums!
Its dimensions are¬†19 x 22 cm (7¬Ĺ x 8 5/8‚ÄĚ) and it is 16 cm (6¬ľ”) high, custom-fitted both to the largest and the widest card of a set of cards she wanted to keep in the box, and to the height of the set of cards when stacked on top of eachother, which was 15 cm (6″).

I followed my own box-making tutorial, but with the new dimensions of course. I also came up with a small technique improvement along the way.

I added both the improved instruction and a bonus cutting guide with the new measurements to the existing tutorial Рwhich means all of you guys who already own this tutorial (which is #17 in my shop) can now redownload it for free to get the improved version, and will also get the new cutting guide for free!

New customers will of course also get this new version + the cutting guide in one purchase.


I decorated the box with several cutaparts from the collections and two door pulls. On the lid I also used some flowers, charms and buttons, and a hand-painted wooden letter. All in all these beautiful papers are a perfect summer or fall collection, with gorgeous, full colors.



September Serenity: Three Outdoors Cards (with nature sounds only)

The three cards I’m sharing with you today were made with Bo Bunny‘s Trail Mix collection, filmed in the serenity of my mother’s garden on a sweet Summer’s day ūüôā
And those are the actual birds in her garden you’re hearing, even some baby birds crying for their mom and dad to hurry up already bring them something to eat! ūüôā

All three cards have their own unique design, so enjoy a moment of pieceful quiet – and while you’re at it, have a nice cup of tea!

While you’re here – please like & subscribe, and/or leave a comment and let me know what you think!






Four Seasons Sturdy Folio Album

Hi guys, I’m very happy to present my latest design: a very sturdio folio album, which I’ve therefore dubbed¬†Sturdio ūüôā .

It consists of three accordion-fold page assemblies, rolled into one neat mini album. This one’s theme is the Four Seasons, since I used¬†Graphic 45’s¬†beautiful floral calendar collection¬†Time to Flourish.¬†I kept the months in their proper order, thereby creating three trimesters for one entire year of pictures.

I was completely in the Zone when I designed and created this, which is why I haven’t been able to write a tutorial. I promise I will write one this year, and thank you for your patience, for it will take me creating a second one of these sturdios.

Anyway, enjoy the video and pictures, and do let me know what you think in the comments section! See you next week! ūüôā




30th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box

A short while ago a lady asked me to create an explosion box to suprise her husband for their 30th wedding anniversary. She had seen my Still in Love explosion box, and hoped I could create a similar one, but of course customized to her specific likes and wishes.

Since I still had enough of¬†DCWV’s Natural¬†stack, I set out to create another one of my explosion boxes. It has two layers with¬†an altered miniature treasure chest hidden inside. The lady sent me some thoughts and feelings about her beloved husband, and some pictures of her family and their dog, all of which I incorporated as creatively as I could.

I was very happy to hear that the lady and her beloved loved it and are continually adding little personal memorabilia to it!

Like to create an explosion box yourself? Check out my tutorial, explaining the process of creating a three-layer explosion box in 80 pages and 190 pictures!

So, here’s the end result, enjoy!


The first two tags of these three were made with some tag die sets by Crealies:



Laugh Love Forever – a Ma Cherie Butterflies Layout

Hello everyone!

This week I’m sharing a¬†layout with you, for which I chose the beautiful Ma Cherie collection by Kaisercraft –¬†with its soft burgundy color scheme, full of lovely florals. Of this collection, the Exquisite¬†sheet, covered in¬†absolutely gorgeous butterflies, simply demanded to be fussy-cut – even though that’s¬†not my favorite thing to do.

The layout is centered around my mother, who as¬†an Autumn Type was the perfect subject for this project since she can really rock¬†an¬†ocre jacket like no one else, especially when standing next to her own Burgundy & Gold acryllic painting ūüôā

Materials used:

  • Kaisercraft Ma Cherie¬†paper collection, 12×12 sheets: Darling, Exquisite¬†and¬†Glamour
  • Kaisercraft Ma Cherie¬†Collectables die-cuts
  • Kaisercraft paper blooms (Ruby)
  • Kaisercraft flowers (Sepia)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp Scallop Lace
  • Petaloo Penny Lane Garden¬†collection,¬†Mixed Blossoms – Antique Rose
  • Bo Bunny clear¬†stamp¬†Curly Q

Enjoy the show & tell video – and don’t forget to¬†check out the lovely close up pictures below!


Altered a frame with metallic (red copper) paint and some flowers

On the wall, next to one of my other layouts! ūüôā



Explosion Box for a Man – Still in Love

Recently a lovely lady ordered a customized explosion box as a gift for¬†her beloved, to celebrate their love. Today I’m sharing the end results with you, for not only is this the first love-themed explosion box I created, it’s also the first that is intended¬†for a man!

It’s a two-layer explosion box, created out of cardstock and decorated with the¬†Natural¬†paper collection by¬†DCWV.¬†It has several quotes and sentiments about love and family; some I came up with myself, based on what she shared with me about her beloved and their relationship. Others were copied from the¬†Heirloom¬†sticker sheet by¬†Kaisercraft,¬†which is a great source of inspiration for projects about¬†family.

In the center of the explosion box is a tiny wooden treasure chest, super cute, that I altered with papers from the same Natural stack, on top of a copper-colored paint base.

If you feel inspired to create one yourself but don’t know where¬†to start, check out my¬†explosion box tutorial¬†in my Etsy shop, based on my Explosion of Joy version. As a bonus, this tutorial covers a¬†three-layer¬†explosion box, so that’s a whole extra layer compared to this one!

Enjoy the video!


These tags were made with some tag die sets by Crealies:


Time to Flourish – Three Graphic 45 Cards

For these final months of the year (boy, how time flies!) I created some cards using the Time to Flourish collection by Graphic 45. This collection is the perfect seasonal collection, with a special focus on all things floral.

I already created some cards earlier in the year, there was¬†May,¬†including Mother’s Day, and fairly recently I showed you two versions of¬†August¬†birthday cards.
This time it’s the fall, and even one Christmas card.

So enjoy the video and pictures, and please like & subscribe!



Two ATC Cards – for Guys

Sometimes you don’t have grand words or elaborate messages to share, you just want to say something important to someone. Like Thank You, or some other word of encouragment.

Then an ATC type card might be a great tip for you crafters: they are easy to make, don’t take up lots of time and materials, and they still look awesome!

When you make these for the men in your life you’ll probably feel¬†somewhat limited as to choice of colors and embellishments. Fortunately I found some papers that are not the standard ‘manly’ black, white & grey or navy blue. They are Pyrus and Oxford, both¬†by¬†Basic Grey,¬†if you just throw in some screw brads you’re good to go! ūüôā

Anyway, I’m gladly sharing the inspiration with you all today. First is a word of encouragement for a colleague of mine. Created with the¬†Pyrus¬†paper collection:

The second is a Thank You note for my uncle, with the Oxford collection, also by Basic Grey:

Enjoy the video & pics! And stay tuned for¬†next week, when there’ll be an all new design mini album to share again! ūüôā