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!

 

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Tip: Combining different paper collections

So, for the final post of this year ūüôā I’ll leave you all with one last Christmas card tip – which you can of course use the whole year round: combining several paper collections for¬†a paper craft project. This offers fun new challenges, for you’ll have to really think about colors and patterns: which ones coordinate well together, which combinations provide some elegant tensions and what color of cardstock will benefit¬†the whole.

For these four Christmas cards, I mixed three¬†paper collections and added embellishments from another four¬†companies! I’ll list them all below. I also did some die-cutting of my own, which is always a great way to add to your projects.

Materials used:

  • Season’s Greetings 6×6 paper pad by Panduro
  • Cutapart sheet from Glistening collection by Authentique
  • Wood Texture¬†6×12 paper pad by Joy Crafts
  • Die-cuts from¬†Winter Memories¬†collection by¬†Studio Light
  • Large clock brads by¬†Scrapberry’s
  • Several flowers from collections by¬†Prima Marketing
  • Wooden Christmas pieces by¬†Craft Sensations

Have a creative 2017, create what you wish existed ūüôā

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33 Tips for your Christmas Cards

Christmas time is nearing and for all of you who’d like to create their own Christmas cards but are wondering how¬†not to make them all mostly the same, I’ve compiled a stack of cards – and 33 variation tips to go with them!

Have fun watching the video, then please find all of the 33 tips listed below for your convenience!

The list with 33 (Christmas) card tips:

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Timeless – a Fun & Unique Wallet Card

A while ago I designed an interactive wallet card that perfectly fits your 6×6″ paper pads. It takes 9-10 sheets of paper for one card – which is perfect especially if you like projects that help you destash a bit (for all of you Paper Hoarders in denial out there ūüôā ).

For the first edition of this card I used a Kaisercraft paper collection, which I like because practically all of their collections come with die-cuts and sentiment ATC cards. That is why I chose Kaisercraft for this second wallet card as well. The Time Machine collection is a mostly masculine collection Рstunning with its sophisticated darks and teals and beautiful specialty papers.

So go ahead and take a look; if you’d like to create it yourself, check out my¬†tutorial on Etsy.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

Pocketstyle Birthday Card

Today I’m sharing a second iteration of one of my wallet card designs.¬†I used the¬†Simple Stories Say Cheese¬†collection, including some tags and cutaparts, to create a lovely birthday card. The bright, high-contrast colors of this paper line make it very suitable for winter birthdays – like my friend’s, who has her birthday in February. So I printed some fun birthday sentiments on the large tags – though¬†you could also do some stamping or even use them as¬†photo mats. The inside of the card offers room for journaling or a personal birthday message.

Although I used several sheets of design papers to decorate, this type of card will also allow you to use only¬†one¬†sheet of double-sided design paper – to see how that might look, check out last year’s¬†Easter iteration!. That way you won’t need much more than two pieces of cardstock and one sheet of design paper!

All in all it was a very fun project which I enjoyed creating just as much as the first one, so check out the affordable tutorial if you’d like to create one¬†too!

 

 

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December Deluge 10: Decoupage Your Winter Home Decor

And here’s the Final Blog Entry for 2015 – how time flies when you’re having fun! ūüôā

You’re all probably very busy enjoying your Christmas holidays, and preparing for New Year’s Eve, so I’ll keep it short but sweet with a¬†blog exclusive,¬†so no video this time.

Since winter has only just begun, I thought I’d share a home decor idea with you: why not throw some decoupaging at some wooden boxes, but also¬†a coffee mug¬†and even a lamp! ¬†ūüôā Use candle podge for the candle and textile podge for the lamp, grab some nice napkins and you’re all set!

And when you’re done: don’t forget to accessorize your home in the same color scheme, which will give your living room a surprisingly new and fresh¬†look.

Tea box:

Ephemera box:

Coffee mug:

Lamp:

Accessorizing! ūüôā (Lamp in the background) :

 

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all my subscribers and visitors for supporting this blog with your continuing attention, likes comments and questions!

I’m looking forward to meeting you all again next year, with new paper art projects, tutorials and ideas!

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December Deluge 6: Candy Cane Lane – Twice!

This December month I’ll post many projects on my blog, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas projects – and also to help you spend your holiday time creatively. In my previous posts I showed you several December projects, the first of¬†which was a¬†quick Christmas Mini Album,¬†so you can start there if you’d like to see them all.¬†Today:¬†Part 6¬†of this December Deluge of creative ideas¬†ūüôā

Sometimes I buy only a couple of sheets of a certain paper collection. Perhaps there are no more available (because it is an older collection) or perhaps I simply want to create a few smaller projects and have no need for an entire paper pad.

This was the case with¬†Candy Cane Lane,¬†a 2014 collection by¬†Bo Bunny.¬†I bought only 7 sheets of 6×6″ (15×15 cm), plus the button set of the collection. Threw in some flowers from my stash, and I was¬†perfectly set to create two lovely, double-layout Christmas cards! ūüôā

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Next up: December Deluge 7 – 4×6″ Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Cards!

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December Deluge 2: A 1-sheet Micro Wallet

This December month I’ll post many projects on my blog, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas projects – and also to help you spend your holiday time creatively. In my previous post I showed you a quick Christmas Mini Album. Today:¬†Part 2 of this December Deluge of creative ideas¬†ūüôā

There’s a particular 1-sheet mini photo wallet of which¬†I’ve created several by now. It’s created from only one sheet of double-sided 12×12″ design paper, and it ¬†looks something like this:

If you click on the picture, it will link to my free video tutorial for that kind of mini wallet.

This week I’m showing you a new¬†micro¬†version of this design, created with a¬†6×6″¬†sheet of paper! So cute! They measure only 2‚Öú” (6 cm) and can hold little pictures, or you could write little notelets with personalized messages, as I have.

These are quick to make and would make great alternatives for your standard Christmas present tags ūüôā

Next up: December Deluge pt. 3: Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Cards! 

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Personalized Treasure Chest for a Man

Little boxes and chests are great gifts for guys, for you can alter them any way you like to give them a masculine look & feel. Some time¬†ago I altered a little chest with the¬†Craftsman¬†paper collection by¬†Prima Marketing.¬†Today I’m showing you the same basic chest – looking completely different!

This time I used¬†Cold Country¬†papers by¬†7 Dots Studio, a gorgeous collection in cool gray, black and violet tones.¬†I stamped a sentiment onto the top tag and adhered a photo of our team to the other side – for this was a Goodbye & Thank You gift for our (now former) boss. I also diecut his initials and stamped them with tiny ‘Bedankt’ sentiments – which is Dutch for Thank you.

Like with the Craftsman edition, I also included a refrigerator magnet Рneatly kept in place by the magnetized right side of the box. This time it said Thank You So Much.

The ‘real’ present was a group gift: as a group we added a gift card, which fit neatly into this mini chest.

Enjoy the video, thank you for liking & subscribing! You can also follow me on Pinterest.

 

Neverending Memories – A Folio Album (new design!)

I’m very pleased to share with you today a¬†unique design that I recently finished. I’m calling it a Folio Album, and this particular one I dubbed¬†Neverending Memories.¬†It’s a great design that allows you to store (or take with you) your piece as a neat mini album (the album¬†aspect of the folio album), while folding it out on¬†your table when you want to showcase your photos in one fairly large but still very manageable overview (the folio¬†part).

I used 17 sheets of 12×12″ decorative paper to create it, which keeps it well within range of one pack of design¬†paper – keeping it reasonably affordable to create. I used the stunningly teal¬†Winterbird¬†design paper collection by¬†Tilda.¬†You’ll also need some cardstock of course, as well as some embellishments of your choice.

It’s somewhat easier to create than an actual mini album, since there’s no binding of pages, nor any chipboard that needs to be turned into an album cover & spine. I really enjoyed designing it, and had great fun creating it!

And:¬†I went the extra mile and wrote a tutorial for you all ūüôā . It has 120 pages and holds 430 pictures! You can check it out in my Etsy shop, where it’s offered as a direct download pdf file.

Have fun watching the video and let me know what you think!

Want to¬†know¬†what other people created with the tutorial? Check out the¬†fanpage¬†and see for yourself! ūüôā

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My first X-mas project of the year

One can never be too early to create their Christmas¬†cards, so let’s kick off with my¬†first card this year! ūüôā

It’s a silver & pink winter-themed gatefold card of 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 inch, tied closed with a cute pink ribbon.¬†The paper that I used is by a nameless¬†Dutch brand, which I bought¬†a couple of years ago in one of our home decor shops. Very affordable, so a lot of¬†bang for your buck! ūüôā

This is also an entry for Challenge #221 on the Dutch Card Lovers challenge blog, so I’ll translate this post into Dutch as well ūüôā


Je kunt niet vroeg genoeg aan je kerstkaarten beginnen, dus hierbij mijn persoonlijke startschot van het kerst- en nieuwjaarskaartenseizoen! ūüôā

Deze zilver & roze winterkaart is 13×13 cm en¬†heeft klapdeurtjes die met een bijpassend lintje zijn dichtgestrikt. Het papier is merkloos, gewoon van de Xenos – lekker betaalbaar en toch leuk! ūüôā

Met dit kaartje doe ik trouwens mee aan Challenge nr. 221 op het Dutch Card Lovers challenge blog¬†– spannend! ūüôā

I used pink glitter glue around the edges of the paper and strengthened the ribbon holes with glittered gray eyelets. / Roze glitterlijm langs alle randjes en een glittergrijze eyelet om de gaatjes te verstevigen waar het lint doorheen gaat.

Opening the card reveals¬†a small, border-punched¬†pocket that holds a tag, matted with white cardstock to write your personalized Season’s Greetings. / Als je de deurtjes van de kaart opent kom je bij een smalle pocket, afgewerkt met een randpons. In de pocket een roze tag, met daarop stevig wit papier voor¬†je persoonlijke kerstboodschap.

I used the same pink glitter glue around the edges of the tag again. There’s also a cute little pink bling brad, just for fun!¬†/ Dezelfde roze glitterlijm siert ook de randen van de tag.¬†En: er zit een gezellig bling splitpennetje voor de afwerking – ook roze natuurlijk! ūüôā

And for a nice finish, I matted the back of the card as well. / En voor een mooie afwerking ook designpapier op de achterkant van de kaart.

Stay crafty, see you next project!
Blijf lekker creatieven, en tot het volgende project!
ūüôā

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