Thursday, February 11, 2016

More Monkey!

In this week of the start of the Chinese year of the Monkey
I share with you some ideas of monkey cards that
I made with the free monkey image from the blog
of Michael Strong,that you can download HERE.

The sentiment and the bunch of bananas is an image

I enter this card for the sketch challenge 223

I colored the monkey digital and with some tips of a good friend
it even looks like colored by hand! The bananas are colored
with distress markers. The leaves are a thinlit by Sizzix.
The background is a printed piece of design paper and for
some bling I added a few sequins to the card. love these little
things that I see more and more on cards.

Here is the inside of the card with the sentiment by
Create with TLC cut out with an oval punch.
In te background a piece of washi tape.

Thank you for looking!
Have a creative day!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another monkey


As the year of the monkey just started,
I have come up with a few monkey cards.

The monkey image is a free image by Michael Strong
and the sentiment is by Create with TLC.

I used this sketch for my card.
You find it here on the

I also used the colors from the 
but I was too late to add my card :-(

In the background you see a branch with leaves embossed
in the paper and the high parts are colored with a 
bit of vintage photo distress ink.

As for coloring the digital image, I want to share this online 
phototool with you:
You can enter the monkey image
and color it anyway you like!
Then print it and cut it and use it as many times as
you want. Makes it so much easier.

Thank you for looking
and more monkeys are on the way!

Have a creative day!



Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year




Happy Chinese New Year!
The Chinese New Year is a very important holiday
in the Chinese calendar. You find all sort of
info about it HERE.
This year is the year of the Monkey.

For my card I used a digital monkey image
by Michael Strong.
You find the monkey on Michael Strong's
blog HERE as a free download.

When you have the iage on your computer,
you can print it any size you want. For the top
of the card I created a border with the monkeys.

I wanted tomake some paper lanterns. That makes
me think of China, so I printed some larger monkeys
for the lanterns. Here yucan see how the lantern 
is created:
With a circle die I cut  a circle out of the paper.
You also need a crimper.This is a small one for
a small circle.
Roll the circle through the crimper.

To give it a paper look I used a little white ink
on the raised parts. When you want an image
on the lantern, you have to stamp or print this
before you roll the paper through the crimper!

The sentiment is also a die.

Now I also promised another Valentine card today
and this is also celebrated in China. It is called 
Qixi Festial or Double Seven Festival and if you want to
know more about the tradition you can read about it here.

So here is a card with the paper lantern for
Valentine. I cut out the heart in the midle of the 
golden circle and added a red circle behind it.

Little hearts are dangling at the bottom and
the chinese character for love is stamped
and embossed in black. I was thinking you
could write inside somethinglike: you light
up my life!

Thank you for looking!

Have a creative New Year!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

A sketch and Valentine inspiration

Oh yes,here I am with another set of coffee/tea cards.
I found this wonderful sketch at the
that was perfect to make some easy cards.

I wanted to use these lovely and fun images
for a few non traditional Valentine cards.

This set of images is called Celebrate Coffee!
and is by Paulette from Create with TLC.
You find the set in her shop here.
The whole set of images for only $3,25

I colored the image with watercolor crayons from SU!. Just use a 
brush and some whater for coloring.I love the soft way the
image is colored this way. Oval die and scallop matching die
are from Spellbinders. Background paper is from an SU!
design paper block.

This image is also colored with watercolor crayons.
Another fun background paper from another dsp block.
On top of the cup I added glossy accent to make
the cup look like real glass.

And here is the last card. Design paper in the
background  This time I just printed the image
and die cutted it. I just stamped the little
hearts and the coffee rings.

Hope you have some inspiration.
Check out my blog again for more tomorrow.
Have a creative day!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Birthday



Happy Sunday everyone!
Today my wonderful eldest daughter Yael has her birthday,
so she is the main subject of my scrapbook page.

Al papers are by Club Scrap.
The blac and the sentiment stamps are from the
January kit and the red is from the Coffee Break kit.

On this part of the page you also see the large heart stamp
by Michael Strong embossed with silver embossing
powder. The smaller siler heart are cut out with a die from 
Michael Strong's smaller heart that maches the smaller stamp.
The sentiment is stamped in fuchsia red ink from Club Scrap.

Here papers and stamps are layered. Red circle, black printed
circle and silver embossed stamp,with a sticky pearl in the
heart of the stamp. The sentiment is from the Celebrate kit.
The B&W pictures are transformed in picasa. I chose
the option of pencil sketch before I printed the pictures.
It gives a lovely contrast with the color picture.

Yael, wishing you

and have a magical day!


Celebrate Love

The Saturday sketch card is for the
and I use a Michael Strong heart stamp
and Club Scrap papers and sentiment.
For the Fusion Blog, you can either do the color
challenge or the sketch,but you can also do both.

For the backgrond of this card I started with a white piece
of cardstock and the distress stains. I put the colors on my
craft sheet and lotsof water and swooshed the ink off
with the white cardstock. Dried it with a heatgun
and then took the TimHoltz heart stencil a blender tool
and vintage photo ink for the hearts.

The hearts are all stamped seperately and embossed
with clear embossing powder.I used the matching
inks: mowned lawn, carved pumpkin and dusty concored
as I used for the distress stains. I cut out the
hearts with sissors and distressed them all around.

Here you see I added some matching colors of gemstones 
on top of the hearts. The hearts are pastned to the 
background with double sided foam tape.

The sentiment is a combination of stamps from the Club
Scrap Celebrate kit. Stamped in orange and purple.

Thank you for looking and leaving your comments.
Have a creative day!



Friday, February 5, 2016

Sending Love

Here is a card with the combination of a sketch
challenge and a color challenge.
With Valentine so close, you will see a lot of
Valentine ideas in the coming days.

You find the sketch challenge on the


And the color challenge is on the 

So for this card I used
an SU! heart embossing folderin the background
with some red ink on the raised hearts.
The senter heart is a die from Memory Box called
"Tender Heart". In the open hear spaces i added some
tiny sticky pearls.
A red ribbon and a banner with the sentiment 
finish of the card.

Thank you for looking.
Have a creative day!