02 September 2015

So blue without you

Hi there!

Before I start with today's card, I just want to take a moment and thank each and everyone out there who made my birthday (Sunday) a very special day.

Thanks to those who popped in to wish me well, thanks to those who posted a card on line, thanks for the cards I received in my mailbox (and for those still on its way) and thanks for the on-line birthday party Bev !

Wow, it really made me feel so special! I treasure it in my heart!

My card for today was inspired by 2 challenges { and not necessarily by my mood - although there's always a small blue spot in my heart because I live so far away from my loved ones ; }

So blue without you geometric heart

A close up :

So blue without you geometric heart

I used a stencil I have cut with my Silhouette and sponged the heart in faded jeans and tumbled glass distress inks.

The sentiment is my own. Partially digital and partially Silhouette cut. The cut part was also treated with above mentioned inks. A few sequins to finish off the card.

I  created a similar digital sentiment for you to use:

The challenges:

Addicted to Cas  ~ Blue

Virginia 's view challenge ~ Geometric patterns


Thanks for visiting me today!

01 September 2015

Casology : WRITE

Hi there !

A new cue card is up at Casology !


Where will this week's cue card take you? It took me back in time, yes the time when feathers and ink were writing tools!

thinking of you card using hero arts feather set

thinking of you card using hero arts feather set

Both the feather and sentiment are from Hero arts...

Because I am no good at fuzzy cutting, I used my Silhouette to create a cutting file for the feather. Just ONE of the features I love about my Machine!

I scored the front panel with lines to reinforce the theme of writing.

A few wooden hearts and twine to finish off the card.

The sponsor for this week's challenge is :

Sponsor:  Cindy B Designs 

For more inspiration here's the rest of the team:

Our wonderful guest designer this week is : Diana.

I hope to see you join us at Casology this week!

I am linking my card at the Muse card club, where the fabulous Carol Mayne is the guest Muse... since my card is sharing the same feathery theme as hers!


Thanks for visiting... hope to see at CASOLOGY!!!

29 August 2015

Love to you!

Hi there!

How's your weekend so far? I hope you're having fun and lots of time for crafting!

I couldn't believe it when I opened my blog reader this morning and saw that the challenge at Less is more this week is to use mists or sprays. The reason for my delight was that I took time last week to play round with spray paint I bought some time ago at a stationary shop . The sheets of card stock were actually lying on my desk, waiting for something to happen when the challenge went live!

Good sign I think!

I created the striped background by adhering strips of yellow and pink alternating with the sprayed/ misted strips. I then die cut half of the butterfly on the edge (used the negative of that cut) and completed the butterfly on the other side with the positive of another cut.

To complete the layout I used the sketch from Just us girls challenge.

Also adding my link to the Anything goes challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge.

butterfly love  using sprays and mists

This is the sketch:


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28 August 2015

Always there

Hi there!

A lazy Friday here in Abu Dhabi. Hubby and I went to the gym early morning, then out for some shopping ( ♥ end of summer sales ♥)  and lunch at a lovely Turkish restaurant. It's just too hot an humid to be outside... so inside it will be...either in a shopping centre or in the house. I really think it is the hottest day of the Summer so far with the real feel temperature reaching 56 degrees C! (132 F)

Ok ... so on to a card I  made yesterday...

nautical card - stripes- life buoy

nautical card - stripes- life buoy

And the inside...

nautical card - stripes- life buoy

My card was inspired by 2 challenges:

Freshly made sketches ~ sketch

Time out challenges  ~ inspiration picture


The stripes were masked with washi tape and sponged with faded jeans distress ink. The cross panel was embossed with a embossing folder called Asian wave by Couture creations and also sponged with faded jeans distress ink.

The life buoy and sentiment were cut with my Silhouette and the rest of the sentiment (inside and out) created digitally. I wrapped the buoy with a piece of white twine for added interest :)

I saved a digital sentiment for you to use:

always there free sentiment

That's it for now ...have a great day... and weekend!
Thanks for visiting me :)

27 August 2015

Seize the birthday (weather)

Hi there!

I am here to invite you to play at Seize the birthday for the next 2 weeks ... where the topping this time is weather. Include any sunshine, clouds, etc. element/s on your card. Feel free to go with the no topping option, and show us any newly created birthday card!

                                               Seize the Birthday

Here's my take on the theme:

sunshine birthday card using transparency

... and another angle:

sunshine birthday card using transparency

To create an interesting background for my weather scene, I folded the bottom part of the card at an angle, to show the lovely polka dots on the flip side. I added a transparent panel on the inside in order to make the card stand upright. The sentiment , sun and clouds were all cut with my Silhouette.

Fonts used: pharmacy and fox in the snow.

The layout of my card was inspired by the sketch at  Less is more.

I am also linking my card to the anything goes challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Case this sketch #138

Hi there!

It's Thursday !

Time for a new sketch at Case this sketch :)


I love this sketch by Chrissy and see myself use this again and again in the future!

wild thing zebra print card

wild thing zebra print card

I used a mask and stencil I have cut for previous cards... as you can see it's been used a few times!
The black was sponged with Versafine onyx black ink.

The "wild" was cut using the font fox in the snow and "the thing" was created using DK mango smoothie.

I am linking my card to the following challenges:

Cas-ual fridays  ~ pretty patterns (zebra print)

AAA cards ~ maskerade (masking)

Happy little stampers  ~ masking

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge ~ Anything goes

I hope to see you play along at Case this sketch this week... thanks for visiting me today!

26 August 2015


Hi there!

It is 8 am Wednesday as I am starting to type this post. Just returned from the airport after dropping off our youngest daughter . With Summer holidays coming to an end, she returns to the Netherlands today to start the second year of her International business and management degree. We had a wonderful time together and I miss her already.The house is awfully quiet and now we are looking forward to Christmas to be together again for a short time.

I will treasure every moment of our time together. Maybe that was on my mind yesterday when I picked the sentiment for today's card...

Tree of nature cottage cutz

My card was inspired by the current Muse card club challenge where Tracey is the muse this week!

I used the tree as my starting point and added flowers in the same yellow/orange color scheme as Tracey's card. I decided to keep the rest of my card white on white.

The tree and flowers are die cuts from the tree of nature set from Cottage cutz. The sentiment and bird were cut with my Silhouette. I think I have a new favorite font for the Silhouette... it cuts perfectly and is called always in my heart.

I am also sharing my card at Simon says stamp (work it Wednesday) ~ die cuts (3rd entry) and Addicted to stamps ~ CAS.

      Simon Says Stamp Blog  GRAB OUR BADGE!

Just before I say good bye... a picture of  DaniĆ©lle and I... my Facebook friends already saw the picture over the weekend ;)

Thanks for visiting me today!

Remember to treasure moments together ♥