Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Heights - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share my latest layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team, which is also my very first layout with the stunning Horizon collection! Gosh you guys, I'm so in love with the papers in this collection! I mean the whole collection is fabulous but the papers are just phenomenal! I actually worked on 3 layouts in parallel because I couldn't decide which color combo to work with first!

So here's the first! I chose a blue-pink-orange combo for this one and die cut a lot of circles in different sizes. I used some basic circle dies from Spellbinders for these.

This is one of my favorite layout designs without cut files! I've done many pages like this before, but because of the colors and patterns, they always end up looking different. In my opinion anyway :).

I simply layered up the circles, I added foam adhesive here and there for additional dimension, and played around a bit with different arrangements. Once I was happy with the placements, I glued down the circles. I added foam adhesive to my photo as well and attached it to the background. I then started embellishing my page: I fussy cut some butterflies from one of the patterned papers, added a few chipboard and epoxy stickers and pretty much done!

I placed my title around one of the circles, and wrote the journaling below it, following the same curve. I also added my date.

I tied some twine around my photo, just for a little something something. That's it! Easy peasy :)

What do you guys think? I'm so in love with this color palette! I hope I could inspire you to check your collections and play around with color combos!

Thank you for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!



Thursday, March 14, 2019

In the spotlight: Sharyn Sowell's Happy collection for Spellbinders

Hello there friends,

I'm sharing a few cards today that I've created with the adorable Happy collection by Sharyn Sowell for Spellbinders. This collection is full of birthday themed products, which is great because I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash! You will find dies as well as Glimmer Hot Foil plates in this line. This was my first time using the Glimmer Hot Foil system actually, or foiling of any kind for that matter! So much fun!

First up a card duo I've made with the Celebrate with Cake Etched Dies. All my cards in this post are mounted on an A2 size top folding (portrait or landscape) card base. I cut two pink card panels to add to my card base. I then die cut two ovals using my most fave Spellbinders die set ever, the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals. Seriously, this is the most used die set in my whole stash!

I die cut all the little pieces from various patterned papers; for the flowers and candles I used some  mirror copper card stock as well. On the card on the left I used the inner pieces of the cake tiers to die cut the pattern, on the card on the right however, I used the same pieces to just foil the design (Blush Glimmer Hot Foil). That's right, you can use any of your dies to foil! Isn't that awesome?

I backed the die cut tiers with white card stock, then added foam adhesive to all of my cake pieces, on both cards. I adhered all pieces to my card front, decorated the cakes with the cute flowers and added a stamped birthday sentiment.

Next up is a very simple card! For this I used the Birthday Banner Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and some Blush Glimmer Hot Foil. I fussy cut out the banner so I could give dimension to it.

I glued a 5,25x4" piece of navy card stock to my card front and added the banner to it using foam tape. To finish off this card I tied some twine around the top and placed some navy crystals here and there.

On my next two cards I used a couple of Glimmer Hot Plates, Bird in Heart and Oh Happy Day, with some gorgeous Crimson Stars hot foil. For the banner on the left card I used the It's Your Day Etched Dies with the same foil. Red is one of my least favorite colors, but if it comes to foil, it's one of my favorites. I have no idea why, but there's just something so elegant about red foil!

First I foiled the designs on white card stock then assembled my cards, using some strips of patterned papers, black card stock and lace trim. I generally feel like my cards are not finished if they only have one layer, so I had to find something to add!

Flowers! Of course flowers ha! There are some tiny flower dies in the It's Your Day Etched Dies set, so I went ahead and die cut some from a pink/red patterned paper. I glued them in place and to finish them off, I added some Nuvo drops in their middles. A bunch of black crystals and both cards are done.

On my next card I used the sweet Let's All Party! Etched Dies as well as the Oh Happy Day Glimmer Hot Foil Plate with Crimson Stars hot foil

I die cut an oval shape from patterned paper (again, I used the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals set) and popped up the negative shape on my card front. I die cut all the animals from different patterned papers. I tried to keep my color scheme neutral because the most birthday cards I need are for my son's friends, all boys! 

I die cut the tree and the cake from gold glitter paper to add some sparkle! I foiled a small piece of white card stock and die cut the little hats from it for a fun accent. I tucked some animals behind the oval cut out, some I added directly to the patterned paper panel. I then used the Oh Happy Day Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to create a foiled sentiment, which I popped up with foam adhesive. Last but not least I added some black enamel dots.

On my last two cards I haven't used foil. First up is my favorite card from today's post! Isn't this little scene the most adorable?! Bunny pulling a cake on a cart with a little girl helping? Oh my goodness! I can't even! This set is called Sending a Happy Birthday and comes with a lot of small dies. I added a piece of floral patterned paper to my card front, and layered a couple of oval die cut shapes on it.

I then die cut all the little pieces from various patterned papers, assembled them and glued them down using foam tape. A sentiment and a few crystals finish off this card. 

Last but not least another simple card I made with the Happy Wishes Etched Dies set. I die cut this lovely sentiment from patterned paper as well as from heavy weight card stock a few times and stacked them up to create a dimensional focal point. I added a patterned paper panel to my card base and layered some tilted rectangles on top. The two smaller rectangles were die cut using another favorite set of mine, the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Rectangles Etched Dies. The largest rectangle I just cut using a trimmer. 

To finish off this card I added some sequins and twine.


  • Heavy Weight White Card Stock, local brand
  • Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80lbs
  • American Crafts Color Card Stock
  • Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park Paper, Doodlebug Designs patterned papers
  • Concord & 9th Glitter Paper
  • Prima Marketing Say It With Crystals
  • Sequins
  • Enamel Dots
  • Lace Trim
  • Twine
  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Scotch ATG
  • Scrapbook Adhesives Micro Dots
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue

That's it from me for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thank you for stopping by!
I wish you all a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty peeps,

I'm so excited to be joining the Altenew March 2019 release blog hop today! You should have arrived here from the lovely Virginia Lu's blog.

There are so many beautiful stamps and dies in this month's release again! I've created quite a few cards to showcase these gorgeous products. I'm not sure I did them justice!

All my cards today are top folding A2 size cards. First up is my favorite card! I've used the Wallpaper Art stamp and die sets (bundle is also available at a discounted price!). I stamped the flower and leaves with Versafine onyx black ink because I wanted to watercolor them. I did some simple coloring, then die cut these images. I also die cut a partial circle from green card stock. 

I dry embossed a 5.5x4.25" piece of white card stock to create some texture in the background. I glued this onto my card base, then added the green die cut, some gold thread and the flowers and foliage. To finish off this card I added a white embossed sentiment.

I've used the same set on my next two cards as well, but this time I didn't do any coloring. I white embossed the flowers and leaves on vellum using the Pure White Crisp embossing powder, then die cut them. I also die cut some images from purple and green card stock and layered them up on my card bases. To finish off these cards I added some gold ink splatters and white embossed sentiments.

Next up is the Rennie Roses stamp and die sets (bundle also available). I stamped a bunch of roses and leaves and colored them with artist markers. The sets I've used for these are the Artist Marker set A (the pinks and blues) and the Shades of Purple set. I stamped the sentiment on my card front, then arranged my die cuts around it. I added some foam dots here and there for dimension. I finished off this card with some gold paint drops.

On my next cards I used the Prettiest Pomander stamp set (coordinating dies and stamp+die bundle are also available). On this first card I stamped the flowers and leaves first. Now, this is a layering stamp set but it's pretty easy to line it up. Once done, I white embossed the outline using the Pure White Crisp embossing powder. I then masked off the bouquet and stamped the background using the Rustic Linen background stamp. I love background stamps and this one is a staple for sure! Last but not least I added my sentiment and a pink bow.

On my next card I stamped the outline in grey ink and added some white gel pen details. Again, I masked off the bouquet and this time I stamped polka dots in the background using the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp. Then using the Thinking of You die, I die cut the background. I also die cut this sentiment from grey foam, then pieced everything back together for a dimensional look. This took awhile, I'm not sure what I was thinking haha!

Last but not least I tried a grungy feel. Not on purpose, mind you haha! What I've learnt: if you want a soft look, you white emboss the outlines, definitely don't stamp them in black. There's a lot of detail in the outline stamp, so the bouquet gets really dark. I do like how these turned out though. As you see I did some masking here too and used the Rustic Linen stamp again to create my backgrounds. On the card on the left I die cut the sentiment from black glitter card stock using the Simply Friend Die. I die cut the word from white card stock a bunch of times too, then layered them up for dimension and texture. On the right card I just stamped my sentiment and added a bunch of punched little circles for embellishment.

On my last card duo with this release I used the Bold Bunch stamp and die sets (bundle also available). I stamped my sentiment in the middle on both cards. On the right you have a simple card, where I just stamped the flowers directly on the card front. I actually loved the white background but then it kept nagging me because I rarely do white cards like that...I gave in and added a few purple card stock strips haha! Not sure if I like it more this way though. For the card on the left I stamped lots of flowers, die cut them and arranged them in a circle. Some twine finishes off both cards. That's it!

I hope you've found something here today that inspires you!

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 03/19/2019 for a chance to win. 

2. ATTENTION! The rules on this one have changed so please read carefully: Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments on each designer's blog in the blog hop list.

All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 03/17/2019!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Your next stop is Reiko Tsuchida!

Have an awesome day!


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All the blues - DT projects for Pinkfresh Studio

Hi there lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share my latest cards for Pinkfresh Studio.

If you've been following me for awhile, you might know that blue is one of my most favorite colors. And since there's plenty of blue in the new scrapbook collections, I decided to create blue cards for today's post. Well, blue and white more specifically because I chose all kinds of folksy dies to work with and blue and white designs often remind me of folklore. 

All my cards in this post are A2 size and top folding (landscape). On my first card duo I used the beautiful Spring Floral and everyone's favorite Adore alpha die sets (you can also find the coordinating Adore alpha stamp set in the shop). I cut two 5.50x4.25" panels from the Big Ideas patterned paper (Joyful Day collection), one is from the 12x12" paper, the other is from the 6x6" paper pad. You can see the difference in the scale of the pattern. I die cut HUGS from the Fresh Start paper and from white card stock, then combined the two to make two blue-white sentiments. For the card on the left I did some partial cutting from white card stock, then glued the cut out on my blue background. I stamped and white embossed a sentiment from the Scripted Bold Sentiments 1 stamp set onto a thin blue strip of paper. I added HUGS using foam dots. To finish off this card, I placed a few crystals here and there.

For my next card I die cut Spring Floral twice and glued them down in the middle of my card. I added a thin strip of Fresh Start paper in the middle then glued down my letters on top, using foam adhesive. Again, a few crystals finish off this card.

Next up two simple cards. For these I used the Folk Elements dies! These tiny elements are just the cutest! I added a light-blue and a navy card stock panel to my card bases. I die cut the 3 little pieces from the light-blue paper, then also from white card stock and the Fresh Start patterned papers then pieced them back together. 

I stamped and embossed the sentiment, which is from the Scripted Bold sentiments 2 stamp set. I added some white paint drops and lace trim, done.  

I die cut 3 flowers from the navy panel and also from white card stock, then puzzled the pieces back together. Using the Oval Foliage die, I die cut an oval shape in the middle of the panel, then glued it all down onto my card base. I drew around all leaves with a white gel pen so that they stand out. I die cut 4 more flowers from the Folk Elements set and adhered them down in each corner. I stamped my sentiment (from the Scripted Bold sentiments 2 stamp set) in blue and popped it up on the card with pop dots. White paint drops finish off this card. I just love white against a navy background!

That's it for today. I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Floral Frame - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hey there lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share a bonus layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team! Bonus because in the meantime I received the Horizon collection and of course I HAD TO dive into it right away...But I already had this blog post done, so there you go hehe!

For today's page I chose the gorgeous Floral Frame cut file (Design ID: 287518) and the Whimsical collection. One of the things I love about Paige's collections is that you can create so many different color combos with them! You can go monochromatic, you can go with the full rainbow or just pick a couple of colors - which is what I did here. I went with oranges, pinks and light blue.

Accidentally the colors of my photo actually totally fit haha! The quality of the photo is horrible, it was taken with my very first digital camera, a 4MP Olympus Mju which I bought because it came in pretty colors hahaha! I still have it! And then my big printer's colors are terrible too, even though I use the original cartridges with the most expensive Canon paper. Can't stand it. Anywho, long story short, I will scrap bad quality photos too if they are the only ones I have of certain memories. And this one here was taken on one of our favorite holidays back in the day!

I cut the cut file from white card stock and backed some of the flowers with different patterned papers. I added the photo in the middle and stitched around the circle to make sure it stays in place. I don't trust any glue on glossy things! I then added foam tape to the back of the cut file and adhered it to my background paper.

To add more interest to my page, I layered some die cut and chipboard flowers here and there. A couple of sentiment strips, a butterfly, my title and date finish off this page. 

I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thank you for stopping by!
Have an awesome day!



Friday, March 8, 2019

World Cup Fever - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello friends,

I'm sharing a new layout today that I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. There is a specialty  die cut paper in the gorgeous Whimsical collection which I haven't used yet, so I challenged myself to do just that.

Since the paper is white and I'm not much of a white background scrapper, I cut apart the whole sheet and arranged the flowers, leaves and butterflies in a different way. I chose the this beautiful rainbow paper, Paper 16, for my background because I wanted lots of different colors on my layout, however did not want to back the die cuts.

I printed a large, circular photo and arranged everything around it. I then went through the embellishments and pulled out a few in the colors of the background paper: some butterflies, enamel shapes and sentiment strips from Paper 8. I also added a few leaves from the die cut pack.

I used the mini foam alphas for my title which I placed directly on my photo. I added my journaling using a white gel pen and done!

I hope you like today's inspiration! 
Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Have a wonderful day!



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Stamp of the Month kit - March

Hello there friends,

I'm stopping by quickly to share a card trio I've made with the March Stamp of the Month kit at Spellbinders. As I've mentioned before, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
These are all a great value, have a look! You can find all necessary information about these kits here

I've worked with the die and card kits before, this is my first time playing with the stamp kit! When I saw the image, I had to say yes! Half our family is Dutch, so obviously I had to have this set in my collection! These stamps are from Fun Stampers Journey which is now part of Spellbinders too, and they have sooo many gorgeous products! Enabler alert! There's a catalogue on their website, you might want to look at it hehe! You're welcome! :)

Actually, coordinating dies are also available, sold separately (Good Places Dies Set). 

I was inspired by gorgeous Dutch Delft blue pottery and porcelain. I love blue and these are just stunning! In case you don't know what I'm talking about:

Image source: Heinen Delfts Blauw

Image source: Heinen Delfts Blauw

This is what I came up with:

Very simple cards that came together quite fast!

I hope you like them though and are inspired in some way!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

More Everyday Musings layout inspirations for Pinkfresh Studio

Hey there lovelies,

I'm sharing two new layouts today that I've created with the stunning Everyday Musings collection from Pinkfresh Studio.

The first one I created as soon as Paige Evans posted this new split image cut file, Flower Borders! I've made several layouts like this before but not in a long time, and it reminded me how much I love it. There are actually a couple of Pinkfresh stamps and dies that are like this, for instance the Lush Greenery stamp and die sets or the Bloom stamp and die sets. I made one of my favorite cards with the Lush Greenery set, you can check here

I cut the designs from white, textured card stock and backed them with various patterned papers from the collection, to bring in as many colors as possible. I love colorful things! Once done, I figured out the placement and glued the two cut files down onto the Sweet Escape paper I selected for background. I created my title using the wonderful, wonderful puffy alphas! Originally it would have been Palm trees and sandy feet but I didn't have enough space haha!

Just look at those alpha stickers! Perfection! The design, the colors, the font, all of it!

I then went through all embellieshments and selected some that I thought would fit: mainly labels and stickers. I also fussy cut some flowers and leaves from the Beautiful patterned paper and tuck these in behind the cut file. I cut apart some of the gold puffy flowers and placed them on each side of the cut files. 

To finish off my layout, I added my date and journaling.

I wanted to go with a different color scheme on my second layout and use some of the blue papers which I haven't used yet. I chose a beautiful floral cut file from Handipaper and cut it twice. I wanted to nest my photo in between the two cut files. I backed them with mostly blue and red patterned papers and glued them down on the background, for which I chose the B side of the Beautiful paper. 

What I was the happiest about was that there were various blue and red alphas I could use! I love that color combo! 

I layered some of the pockets behind my photo, just to add a little bit of color. I added a few die cut pieces, stickers and a sweet little layered heart.

I wrote my journaling in one of the big flower centers and stamped my date on a label tucked under my photo. That's about it!

I hope you like today's inspiration as much as I loved working on them!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day!