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 ?¬†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!


Tag die set by Crealies:


Four Summer Cards with Studio Light

I’m a big fan of the¬†Dutch brand Studio Light, which¬†offers, among many things, several lovely 6×6 inch pads which simply consist of different patterns within a certain (combined) color theme. These pads don’t have posh collection names, but are simply numbered 01, 02 and so on. These themeless and therefore relatively neutral pads offer the special opportunity of creating projects with which you could combine almost any embellishment from any collection.

The following four, happily colorful cards I created with¬†Studio Light¬†pad nr. 05, combined with several different embellishments and some cutapart tags and labels from Panduro and Scrapberry’s.


Card 1 – Summer Day

I stamped the inside with 6 different stamps:

Card 2 –¬†Enjoy Your Special Day Continue reading

Summer is coming! Two cards to celebrate!

This week¬†I’m actually posting from beautiful Gran Canaria (one of Spain’s Canary Islands just off the southern coast of Morocco), so I’m at least really¬†feeling¬†summer’s¬†Promise of Bloom ūüôā

Because of my holiday there will be no video this week, but I will share two very Summer-spirited cards with you.

My tip for you this week is one of Affordability &¬†Frugality: the design paper you’re using does not¬†have¬†to be expensive, nor of ‘Brands of Renown’ so to speak, for you to be able to create some lovely cards!

For instance, the paper I used here was somewhere in the obscure dollar bin of a very affordable (and therefore not the hippest) line of shops in the Netherlands. So the paper may be brandless, but applied well it is able to remind us of a festive summer garden party nonetheless!

So, don’t skip everything that has no brand worth mentioning, but go treasure hunting and see what you can come up with! For some inspiration, check out the¬†other projects that I created with paper lines belonging to those¬†Cheap & Brandless Ones‚Ķ ūüėČ

Enjoy, and see you next week!

Card 1: Two bi-fold doorlets, held together with a bow

Doorlets opening up to the journalling spot inside Рon which I wrote a personal wish to my aunt 

Card 2: Tri-fold card with magnetized closure

Opening up to a journalling spot inside. Just like card 1, this card can stand on its own when opened.


Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

Hi all!

As you may have noticed, one of my favorite design paper brands is Graphic 45. Which is why¬†I’m super¬†excited – and a little nervous! – for this blog post, for it is my first time ever submission¬†for a¬†Graphic 45‘s Design Team Audition! ūüôā

I am delighted to be able to share some¬†of my favorite projects – old and new – that showcase my style, including¬†a tutorial via Snapguide, and I hope you’ll all feel inspired by them! Continue reading

A Scented Gift Box of Cards

Fairly recently I added a sweet little paper pad to my (ever-growing) stash. It was the Spring Collection by what I think is a new Dutch brand, called Precious Marieke. It has lovely shades of purple and lavender, lots of florals and butterflies, and it really breathes spring or summer.

I decided to create an entire set of cards with this lovely paper line, and since I wanted to gift them to my friend for her birthday, I also needed a box to put them in.

So I upcycled the packaging of some scented candles. I painted it and matted¬†it with the¬†Precious Marieke¬†design paper. And here’s what’s great: the enticing cinnamon scent of the candles was¬†still clinging strongly to their former-packaging-now-gift-box!

So there you have it, a great tip to give someone an actual scented gift box! ūüôā

By the way, creating a set of cards is also a great way to use an entire paper pad, without having to bother with leftovers you can’t get yourself to throw away but which are of no real use either ūüėČ

Enjoy the video and pics!



Quick Scrap: a little tag for those flowers you’re giving to someone special

How about a new category of projects: the ones that take you 30-60 minutes from start to finish, for those unexpected invitations-for-tonight or the little something you want to send someone on impuls. Let’s call those‚Ķ¬†Quick Scraps!

In fact, I actually created a new blog post category for them, check it out in the Category menu on the home page: if you click on it, you’ll see all of my Quick Scrap projects in one neat list – this will make it easier for you to find some inspiration if you’re in dire need of a quick idea! ūüėČ

And here’s a new one¬†for you: this little project will help you personalize the bunch of flowers you’re giving to someone – by creating your own tag to write a special message for them! It’ll take you 15-30 minutes at the most.

Hope you’ll take some inspiration from the video! – please like/subscribe & leave a comment if you like ūüôā

And yes, those were some genuine Dutch tulips ūüôā (with some hyacinths on the side)

Explosion of Joy – a springtime explosion box

Don’t you love spring? The days are finally lengthening again, birds are coaxing potential mates to their side by singing to their hearts’ content, early flowers are blooming in happy colors and the sun is already tentatively testing the strength of it’s rays. I think God designed springtime to be an awesome¬†reminder for us¬†that their’s always New Life waiting for us after a period of death – no matter how long the winter in your heart may have lasted.

An explosion box is therefore an especially fitting springtime project: it’s literally an Explosion of Joy!¬† ūüôā

Enjoy the video – please like if you do¬†&¬†feel free to leave a comment! And – there’s a tutorial available in my Etsy shop!