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Hello Fall

September 23, 2022

It is almost Fall over here in the Netherlands so time to play with this season. This time I made a page in my TN. I used the Holiday Special Kit and some dies from Joset.

First I made the page with the house dies and the Fabrick paper. I realy love the brick at the back. The roof is made with Kraft Cardstock paper from Tim Holtz. This is beautiful paper which you can scrub.

Then it is time to decorate the house with some fall stuff. At the left page I adhere a three with leaves and pumpkin’s. All these parts are coloured with Distress Oxide Ink.

At the right page I used stamp/dies from the girl and lantern from the Holiday Special Kit. You can colour this with anything you want, I thought the watercolour pallete from ECD is perfect for this.

At least I made a big pumpkin and some smaller with some leaves. And in the right corner I adhere a sentiment. I like to adhere everything in different depths. The leaves are between the pumpkins, behind the pumpkins and in front of the pumpkins.

I think this is everything about this page. I hope you liked this post and got some ideas.

Thankyou for visiting and see you soon!

Kind regards Lisanne Geerdink

ECD Supplies:

  • Fabrick cardstock (Art Journal Special)

Other used supplies:

  • Kraft Cardstock Tim Holtz
  • Versafine Clair Ink: Nocturne and Pinecone
  • Distress Ink: Ground Espresso
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade
Art Journal Collection Beautiful Blooms Cardmaking Uncategorized

Joyeux Noel

September 18, 2022

Hi friends….Michelle here sharing a Christmas card that could really work all winter long, just change the sentiment and you’re all good! I used the Noel Stamp Set from the Beautiful Blooms Collection for the main focus. I really love the greenery images included in this set.

Step 1: I started by stamping the large mistletoe image in black and brought it to life with some colour. I really love how in their florals, they have little black dots added into the designs….it’s a fun little touch! They are really hard to see here, as the darker green shades on the leaves kind of covered it up, but if you look close enough you can see the black dots. To add that interest back into the design, I added some dots with a white gel pen. A red glitter gel was added to the berries for some sparkle.

Once it was coloured I diecut it using the coordinating die, as well as 2 other black pieces to stack them together to add definition. This also makes it more sturdy than using foam adhesive alone. I also cut out a 4th using black cardstock to allow a black shadow to peek out from behind once they are all adhered together.

Step 2: For the background I used the large snowflake die from the Holiday Special Art Journal Kit, however instead of die cutting I dry embossed with it. To dry emboss with dies I use a silicone mat as a replacement for one of the hard plastic plates. This allows the pressure to emboss the image on my paper, but not enough so that it will cut through the cardstock. I love the texture this gives and the subtle background it makes as well.

Step 3: I added a little bit of very subtle blue ink blending in the middle and some flecks using a black gouache. The blue ink will give it a very soft halo effect once the image is placed back on the embossed cardstock. For the sentiment I white heat embossed the Joyeux Noel on black cardstock and cut it out using the coordinating dies.

Step 4: A strip of black and white striped paper from my paper scrap stash was added to the left side. The diecut image and sentiment were all added to the embossed background using a liquid adhesive and then to the cardbase with a piece of craft foam for an extra added bit of dimension.

This came together relatively quick. The longest part was waiting for the glitter gel on the berries to dry lol. I hope that this has helped to inspire you a bit and possibly get started on your Christmas/Holiday cards. This will be 1 less for me to this year!

I wish you all the most wonderful day and I hope you find sometime to sit down and create something wonderful!

Art Journal Collection Cardmaking Uncategorized

December Snowflakes

August 19, 2022

Hi friends! Michelle here today sharing a mixed media card using the new Art Journal Holiday Special Kit. This kit is filled with so many different elements that all work together beautifully, but alot of them can also be used outside of the the winter season too. Shall we get started?

Step 1: On a piece of watercolour paper sprinkle on some pigment powders and spritz with water to allow them to move and blend a bit….watercolours will also work perfectly in place of the powders. Allow it to dry and soak up any excess amounts of water with a paper towel.

Step 2: Cut the large snowflake from the dried watercolour paper and rub on some clear distress crackle paint on random areas with a paintbrush or your finger. Set aside and allow to dry.

Step 3: Add some clear glitter gel to random spots on the snowflake leaving some areas untouched where you added the crackle paint. Once that is dry, blend on some dark blue Distress Oxide ink, to add some depth and as well to highlight the dried crackle paint.

Step 4: On another piece of watercolour paper add pigment powders in different shades of brown or using watercolour paints. Once dry cut out 2 of the birch trees. Also cut out a partial 3rd tree, but focusing on the top right branch, as some tree surgery will be done lol.

Step 5: For the background, add a light watercolour wash in shades of blue, pink and brown or use pigment powders very lightly. Once dry add some texture paste using the dotted stencil from the Earth Patterns Stencil pack. Allow to dry and then add a light layer of watercolour in the 2 corners using co-ordinating colours of pink, blue and brown. Cut out 3 of the December word die from the kit in black cardstock and adhere the 3 together.

Step 6: To complete it add some paint flecks using a black gouache all over. Adhere one tree directly to the panel then the snowflake slightly off the paper on the right side. Cut off any bits that hang off. Adhere the 2nd tree over the snowflake on the left side. Add the stack of 3 December die-cuts over the lower half of the snowflake and add it all to a piece of craft foam on an A2 cardbase.

I hope that you have enjoyed my card for today and it helps to inspire you. Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day!

Until next time, Michelle

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Beautiful Blooms Uncategorized

Always Blossom

July 22, 2022

Hi crafty friends…Michelle here sharing a fun mixed media card! For this I used the a super fun and whimsical Flower Blossom Die from the Art Journal Collection. This die really is quite versatile. Not only is it a fun flower blossom, but I can definitely picture it as a glittery snowflake too! Let’s save that second one for another day.

Step #1 – To begin I added some opaque texture paste to a piece of mixed media cardstock using the Waves Stencil. I didn’t apply an even layer, as I did not want a full coverage over my cardfront. I immediately took both the palette knife and stencil and cleaned them off while the paste was still wet.

Step #2 – Next I sprinkled on some Uncharted Mariner Distress Glaze while the paste was still wet and then used my heat embossing tool to dry both the paste and glaze. I set that aside for a few minutes more to ensure it was fully dry.

Step #3 – I then added 3 different colours of pigment powders….a yellow and 2 blues. I think I added a bit more than I needed, but oh well lol. Next to activate it I added some water, first with a paintbrush and then finished it with a few light spritzes using a spray bottle.

I used a papertowel to dab any areas I felt had a bit too much water or powder. I love how vibrant the colours are. They do soften a bit as they dry, but they are truly gorgeous and they have a beautiful metallic sheen to them.

Step #4 – Next I cut 2 of the Flower Blossoms, first from white and then a mustard yellow colour. These layer up beautifully and you don’t lose any of the gorgeous detail when you do. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere them together but only added the glue in the center of the them, so as to try and have a bit of dimension.

Step #5 – For the sentiment I used the word Blossom from the stamp set of the same name….Blossom. I thought this was perfect for it. I diecut it 3 times to help to make it pop with the coordinating die. I trimmed my stencilled cardstock down to 3.75″x5″. The paper did get a bit warped as I used heat on it and also as it is not a true watercolour paper and the water added helped to contribute to it as well. To help to flatten it out, I ran it through my laminator a few times, as the heat and pressure from it will help to flatten it.

Step #6 – To finish it off, I added some flecks of white and black gouache concentrating on the stencilled part with the pigment powder as best I could. I then ran around the edges with black marker, to add a bit of definition and added it all to an A2 card base. I added the layered blossoms to the right hand side and trimmed off any excess overhang on the side of the card and then added my sentiment to the middle of the blossom.

I really love how fun this is and the flower blossom is really fun too! Like I said above I can totally see this as a gorgeous snowflake too! I love versatile products like that and how your creativity is only limited by your imagination!

I hope you have enjoyed my card today and that it helps to inspire you! I wish you all the most wonderful day and until next time,

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Stamping

Whimsically Kind

June 24, 2022

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a card using the Fun Flourishes Stamp Set from the Art Journal Collection. I absolutely love how cute and whimsical these flowers are and the accompanying images in this stamp set are so fun!

Step 1: I added several different pigment powders to a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed with water. I allowed that to dry mostly on its own and then hit it with a heat tool in the end in the finished product.

Step 2 & 3: Once it was all dry, I stamped out the flower image several times and then fussy cut them all out. These flowers aren’t too involved, so for someone like myself that is not a fan of handcutting, these were relatively easy.

Once dry, the colour of the pigments did fade a bit, so I went back in and added a bit more colour to add that vibrancy back to them.

Step 4: For the background I stamped one of the wreath images in black ink towards the right side of the cardstock, as that is where I wanted to concentrate having my images. I feel like off center is a bit more pleasing to the eye than right in the center. Then I added a few lines of the bubbles coming from the top and bottom of the wreath. I did mask off parts of it using post it notes, as I wanted it to appear as if it was coming out the circle, but not overlapping it. Be sure to remove the post its before you stamp your image or you will have the ink from the mask on your cardstock.

Step 5: Cut cardstock to 3.75″x5″. Next add some flecks of colour using the same colours as I did for the flowers to keep the look cohesive. The one on the right is the image pictured just above and the stamped images are much more crisp. The one on the left was one I did when I was just kind of doing trial and error to see if I liked it all together. And tbh, although I do like the crispness of the second one better, I went a wee bit overboard with the flecks of colour…oops.

Step 6: To finish the card I added a strip of patterned paper to the side and heat embossed in white on black cardstock the word Kindness from the Kindness Stamp Set and used the co-ordinating die set to cut it out. Arrange the 3 flowers around one side of the wreath and add the sentiment. Pop it all up on a white A2 cardbase using some clear double sided adhesive to a piece of craft foam and add a few black iridescent pearls.

Step 7: I did also add a very thin black border around it, to add that last little bit of definition. I decided it in the end that I wanted/it needed it (and when it was all done and put together), so I went around the edge of it with a black sharpie. I had all of my fingers and toes crossed that I didn’t make a mistake and get any on the finished and trimmed cardstock.

I really love how fun this turned out! All of the mages from this stamp go so well together and there are so many possibilities! And how fun are these cute little polka dotted flowers! Thank you so very much for stopping by today! I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day,

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Joset Designs Soft Finish Cardstock

Sea you soon

June 6, 2022

Hi All! Lisanne Here. So the weather will be a little bit better every day so I thought it is time for an ocean themed card. Just a great season to make a lot of fun cards. Today I will use the sea collection from Joset which is great for these type of cards.

First I used a stencil from the Earth Patterns to make a background on the stitched hexagon. I did this with the Elements ink, Mermaid. After that I used the same colour to make the background light blue.

After that I made all the elements for this card. I made the Lighthouse(1754) and the stones from the sea weed(1752) dies. I colored this with different inks like Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink, Elements Ink. All these colors look perfect with each other.

As you can see I adhered the Lighthouse on the left. I put the stones in front with some coins in between. I thought it was a fun idea but also the yellow color lift up the card.

I used a sentiment from the Splish Splash sentiment ‘sea you soon’ and stamped this on the background with some black ink.

Lastly I adhered two seagulls with an orange beak. Love these small seagulls at the card, not in real haha.

And here is the whole card. I hope you enjoy creating this card as much as I did. Thank you so much for following along. Sea you soon!

Lisanne Geerdink

Elizabeth Craft Design Supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Elements Ink: Blue Lagoon, Mermaid, Graphite, Russet Orange
  • Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Barn Door and Brushed Corduroy
  • Versafine Clair Ink: Nocturne
  • Wink of Stella Clear
Art Journal Collection Cardmaking

Mixed Media Art Journal Card

May 28, 2022

Hi friends…Michelle here with a card that is full of amazing texture that uses some fabulous products from the Art Journal Collection. I just love getting my fingers a bit messy sometimes!

To begin I took a piece of mixed media paper and applied a layer of Distress Crackle paste. I didn’t apply it completely even as I wanted some of the areas to be a bit thicker, as the thicker the paste is applied, the bigger the cracks you will get. This was then set that aside to dry. Once it started to crackle, I helped it along by hitting it with my heat embossing tool to speed up the process abit.

Once the texture was dry, I used 3 of the foliage dies from the Solstice Pocket Die Set and Flower Bouquet and cut them out. I added some pigment powders to them in shades of green and pink and then spritzed with water. I love how the colours sink into the the cracks from the texture paste. I had a small area that the paste came off of one of the leaves, but it just added a bit more texture to it.

Next I took a piece of watercolour paper cut to 4.25″x5.5″ and started to add a random light wash of watercolour 24 Pan Watercolour Pan concentrating on the right side of the paper. I applied this in layers, starting very light and then going in a bit deeper, to bring layers and some depth to it.

When the first 2 layers of watercolour was dry, I used the Make Your Mark Stencil and added added some glass paste over the hexagon section to the watercoloured area. This paste dries clear and has little microbeads in it. So not only does it add the usual texture as it is a paste, but it also adds that extra layer from the microbeads. This was then set aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Prosperity Stamp set, cut it out with the coordinating die and cut it out 2 more times, without stamping it. This will help to add some dimension to the sentiment and also a bit of stability too.

To finish it off I used the torn edge from the Journal Edges 2 on the left side. I also added a bit more watercolour over the stencilled area to define it more and add even more layers of depth to it and then finished it with some paint flecks using a black gouache.

It was added to a black top folding A2 cardbase using a black craft foam. I layered the 3 floral/greenery diecuts and added adhered parts of it using a liquid adhesive and left some of them without adhesive, to add more dimension to it. I added the sentiment using small foam squares that I cut into thirds to try and hide behind the small areas and then added a few black pearls to complete it.

I absolutely love how this came together! The foliage dies are just perfect….and exactly what I’ve been searching for for awhile now. And how fab is the torn edge die! It gives that perfect torn edge look to it and we all know how hard it is to get a nice looking torn edge! The Art Journal Collection can be used for much more than just for art journals. Many of the elements as you can see above, work brilliantly for cards as well and I am sure they would be just as perfect for scrapbook pages.

I hope that this helps to inspire you to step out of that crafty box and use products for more then just 1 way.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day!

Supplies Used:

Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Summer Journal Special Videos

How to Assemble the Slider Pocket page

March 13, 2022
Hello again, Annette Green here today with some more planner pages, including a fun, interactive page using the Slider Pockets die set, Planner Essentials 31. I’m still catching up on my 2021 planner from last Summer with these bright and sunny colors and photos. I’ve included a “Craft With Me” style video below to share how to assemble the Slider Pocket page, in case you’ve not tried it yet. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easier than you think!

Prior to the Slider Pocket page, I created this spread in my full-size planner, where I used parts from the Summer Special Insert like the palm tree and some of the leaves, and the word Summer, and the new Photo Pocket Pages for the two photos on the right.
The photo pocket pages are one of my new favorites for keeping things simple while adding additional photos to your layouts. So what’s under those interactive flaps on the right page? Watch the video to find out, as I share how to engineer this die, how to add photos, and some tips about altering the pull tab in the middle. Thanks for popping in today. Have a lovely day!
Art Journal Collection

Happy Holidays

December 14, 2021

Hi there.

It’s Tanja here and I would like to show you how to create this sweet Christmas Card.

Step 1: Die-Cutting

  • die cut the houses, the bow and the hearts from the Winter Home Pocket die set

Step 2: Creating the Background

  • create the background using watered-down Distress Ink (Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough)
  • add splatters with Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter
  • stamp the sentiment from the Classic Christmas Sentiments Set with Versafine Clair Morning Mist

Step 3: Finishing Touches

  • wrap a thread of twine round the panel before asdhering it to a cardbase
  • add Stickles Crystal to the hearts and highlights to the houses with a white gel pen

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season.

Hugs,

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Watercolor Paper
Distress Ink (Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough)
Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
twine
white gel pen
Stickles Crystal

Art Journal Collection Joset Designs Planner Essentials Silk Microfine Glitter Uncategorized

To…. From…

December 12, 2021

Hii all! It’s is Lisanne here today with a new blogpost. It is almost Christmas so let’s give some cards to lovely people around you.

For this post I want to share an explosion card. This card is made with a punchboard from We R Memory Keepers and decorate with ECD stuff. It will be a great gift for my 2 cousins.

First I start with making the envelope. I used a piece of the beautiful Worn Wood Paper. At the front I stamped ‘To:…… From:…. This is a stamp who is in the Classic Christmas kit.

In the right corner I made a snowflake with some Nuvo Glimmer Paste and the mask from de AJS Winter stencils.

I add some trees from Planner Essentials 13 for the snowflake. Just coloured with some Distress Ink and adhere it.

On the backside is a stamp from the Classic Christmas Kit to and a banner with ‘hold here’. And then…….

Open the envelope. So you can hold and pull.

As you can see you can see things like a punchboard in combination with dies, paper and masks from ECD. I realy like it. Hopefully you enjoyed it to.

Thankyou so much for watching! See you soon!

Kind regards Lisanne Geerdink.

ECD Supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Versafine Clair Ink: Nocturne and Morning Mist
  • Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
  • We R Memory Keepers Punchboard Explosion Card
  • Paper Distresser
  • Distress Ink: Pine Needles, Ground Espresso, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Black Soot
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