Monday, November 29, 2010

Home made Christmas card with punches

I posted this card way back but wanted to post it again because I still like it and with time of Christmas wishes ahead I thought some of you might need an idea. This was such an easy card to make and the final result is really cute.

The pics that I am posting are a bit out of focus but since the card was sent to someone I have no possibility to take different pics. So, you will have to do it with what you get, ha!

Let me try and explain how I made this card: I started with a square pice of cardstock as a mat for my angel. I used my border scissors (can you imagine not having border punches?????) to cut the edges of the square. Then I punched two hearts, a little star and a circle with my Quickutz. But you can easily use normal punches or your Silhouette or Cricut. Whatever you have. In ancient times I probably would have cut them by hand............. The two smallest circles come out of a regular office hole puncher. 
You put the hearts behind the biggest circle with the point underneath the circle. When you look at the pic you will know what I mean. 
I used the two little circles for cheeks but you can also use a marker or chalk for that. I made the eyes and mouth with a black marker. The words are rub-ons from Making Memories but can also be replaced by stamps or even a printed text from your computer. 
I attached the angel with  foam dots so she would pop up a little. To top it of you can use some glitter spray or glimmer mist to make her sparkle!

Some family updates: DS Joram (now in 4th grade) had to do his book report today. He was sooooo nervous he even woke up last night crying . As most of you know Joram has a severe dyslexia so anything reading or spelling is one big disaster. Because of his dyslexia he did not have to read out loud in front of his class (which goes with the book report) but he could video tape it and play it in his class. He decided to read himself in front of his class. I was so proud of him when he decided that (well, at 3 am he wasn't to sure about that anymore, but you can imagine I was not going to video tape at that point......) And because he practised the part he was going to read over and over he knew it by head and 'reading' should not be a problem at all.
And the final result was: He got a B! I was soo proud of him! He said he was really nervous when he did it and even his book was shaking in his hands when he was reading. But no matter what: He said he had fun and he wanted to do one again.

And when I put him to bed tonight he said this: Mommy, I think they made a mistake when they said I am dyslexic, I had no problems today with reading.................... I did not argue with him and he fell asleep with a smile on his face..............................

Sunday, November 28, 2010

'Vintage' Halloween pictures

This last summer while visiting my inlaws in Canada my MIL suggested Iwould go through the boxes with pictures and take some home that I liked. Well, if you are a scrapper you must know what that feels like: HEAVEN! There were tons and tons of pics. Lots of very old ones (from people I did not know) but also tons from DH Richard. I took quite some pics home (Thanks Janny!) and last night I scrapped some of them. These are two pics taken at Halloween half way down the seventies. There have the typical size of pics in those days. At first I wanted to crop the white borders of (they still have those black cut marks on them) but I decided to keep them the way they were. No cutting!

The little boy is my DH and the other is his older brother John. Aren't they the cutest?
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design, Daisy D's, Creamotion (a Dutch brand)
Transparency: Hambly Screen prints
Stickers: Wordsworth

The title was cut with the Silhouette. I used a sketch from Let's Scrap as a base for this layout. And last but not least: I only used leftover papers fro this layout! I really need to dig a hole in that big pile of paper that only has a little piece cut out, or just halves. And since I really like to combine patterned papers from different lines and different companies: I decided not to get to the unused patterned papers. The only thing I will be using 'unused' is the cardstock that I use as a base for my layout (yeah duh................)

Sunday is almost over here. For all of you: Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sketch Wednesday at Let's Scrap

As every wednesday a new sketch came out at Let's Scrap today. I loved playing with this one. I only used the left side of the sketch and I tried to do it a bit different than usual. I challenged myself to only use leftovers and supplioes I normally won't use. Well, I think it worked out pretty good. I only used leftover papers and I even used the border punch that I once bought and NEVER used before.
I have so many pieces of paper scraps that I can probably make a whole album with those scraps. And combining papers from different lines is always fun and gives the layout a special look.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: K and Company, Scenic Route, Rhonna Farrer, Lily Bee Design, Making Memories
Transparency: Hambly Screen prints
Punch: Fiskars
Die-cuts: Quickutz
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Misc: Sewing machine

I tried to do something different with the two big hearts. I made two layers of paper and stitched them down in the middle and folded the sides up again. In real life it looks really good and you can better see how it looks on the detailed pics. And I did some stitching with my sewing machine here and there. Always like the effect it gives.
The pic from DD was taken in April 2010.

Right now I will be taking DS fro his vaccinations. He does not know yet, forogt to tell him. He'll de fine, mommy is more worried. I just hate it when my children are in pain...............

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I have been featured at TipJunkie

I was looking around on the internet to find something I did find before and never bookmarked and now I can't find it anymore. Which makes me soooo mad!
But something bad can turn out in to something good whenever you expect it the least. I was looking for how to make socks into mittens. So I googled that and it came up with tons of ideas, instructions and tutorials but just not the one I was looking for. But I found something else: I was featured at Tip Junkie. Remember the post about the little tag softie I made for DD Jinte (You can find my original post HERE)? Well, appearantly is was cute enough for others to see. And talk about others: Tip Junkie has almost 6000 fans on Facebook. I don't even want to know what the amount of followers and subscribers are.............
You can read the entire post HERE

For all of you: Have a good weekend! And for those who celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend: Be happy and grateful for all that you have...........

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sketch Wednesday at Let's Scrap

Wednesday is always the day of the release of the new sketch at Let's Scrap. As a DT member I have access to see sketches far ahead and the opportunity to play with them. Every third week is always a card sketch. Personally I am not such a fan of card sketches. Somehow cards are just not my thing. I guess I need pictures to make things work..........

Technically you are free to make a LO out of the card sketch if you like but I thought this weeks sketch was more suitable for a card. So I tried my best and I finished a Christmas card (you can never have enough Christmas cards, right?)

I used paper from a 6x6 stack from a local drugstore and I used a Quickutz die for the holly leaves. The berries are actually a brad from Making Memories. I am pretty content with the way it turned out though I have seen better cards than this, ha!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crafty links

I thought it was time to share some crafty links again. Sometimes I am looking for inspiration and I end up being on the internet the whole night. Crap, I hate that! There's so many nice things to see and to do, I need more TIME!

First of all, one of my favorite DIY blogs is the one from Cathe Holden, Just something I made. She also posts on SCJohnson with all fun projects. One of the projects that Cathe posted there and I still want to make is the easy ziploc bag tote, such a cool idea. Like I said: I need more TIME. There's tons of projects from Cathe on the SCJohnson site but this is also one I like: Personalized notecards. You do not have to be crafty or artistic to do this project, just do it and have fun!

One of the greatest projects on her own site is the Christmas advent calender. She already posted about that project last year but this year she took it even to a higher level. This is such a cool project. I wish I could find some wooden spools................................ If you look around on her site you will find more and more great projects you might want to do. Be careful, before you know you will be behind your computer the whole night.......

At OnceWed they have the cutest download of free heart doilies. You can see and download them HERE.

At Eat Drink Chic (love that one) they have a great download for a love and thank you card. I have a pic posted here. Same as before: If you start looking around at this site you will be lost in time. And, not really a project to DIY but even so cool. This post is called McFancy and you really have to check it out. Isn't that amazing?

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving there's a great free download at Silverbox Creative. These can be used as napkin rings, conversation pieces or made into a paper chain by the kids while you are cooking dinner. You can check them out and download them HERE. At Skip to my Lou Cindy posted about 10 free printables for Thanksgiving. Definitely worth to ckeck it out!

After seeing all this can you imagine why I said; I need more time????

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Will I Am in Sesame Street

I saw this video on a different blog and I just felt that I had to post it. The whole thing made me smile. Everybody should just read the lyrics and keep them in mind while we cruise life.................... It is a song that Will I Am performs in Sesame Street together with Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar and others.
I am going to put both the lyrics and the video here. Just love it.....................

If what I am is what’s in me
Then I’ll stay strong – that’s who I’ll be
and I will always be the best
“me” that I can be.
There’s only one me, I am it
have a dream I’ll follow it
It’s up to me to try.

Oh! I’m a keep my head up high
Keep on reaching high
Never gonna quit
I’ll be getting stronger.
And nothing’s gonna bring me down (no!)
Never gonna stop, gotta go.
Because I know
I’ll keep getting stronger.

And what I am is thoughtful
what I am is musical
what I am is smart
and what I am is brave
what I am is helpful
what I am is special
There’s nothing I can’t achieve.
Because in myself I believe in oh…

Gonna keep our heads up high
Keep on reaching high
Never gonna quit
Just keep getting stronger.
And nothing’s gonna bring us down (no!)
Never give it up, gotta go.
Because I know
I’ll keep getting stronger.

What I am is super
what I am is proud
what I am is friendly
what I am is grouchy
what you are is magical
what you are is special
There’s nothing I can’t achieve.
Because in myself I believe in oh…

Gonna hold my head up high
Keep on reaching high
Never gonna stop
I’ll be getting stronger.

Nothing’s gonna bring me down (no!)
Never give it up gotta go, oh… yeah…
I’ll keep getting strong–er.

Isn't this cool? Here's the video:


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Let's Scrap Color Challenge

This weeks challenge at Let's Scrap was a color challenge. Ofcourse I have seen those before but I never got around playing with it. The given colors did not really thrill me too much but a challenge is not called a challenge for nothing, right?

I used a picture from DS Joram taken last May while we were in Croatia. He is playing miniature golf with DH and I do not think he realised that I was taking pics.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design
Ribbon: DCWV
Sticker: October Afternoon
Eyelet: Bazzill
Mask: Heidi Swapp
Misc: Bling letters, sequins, homemade glimmermist

When I adhered everything to my layout I realized that I should have flipped the entire layout so that my DS was not looking out of my layout. But at that time, everything was glued on and I did not want to go through all that fuss of starting over again. So when you noticed that the pic wasn't really positioned very well: You are absolutely right, but I was lazy and I left it that way...................

Thanks again for stopping by....................

Deze week was de challenge bij Let's Scrap er eentje met kleuren. Ik had ze natuurlijk al eerder gezien maar nog nooit echt eentje gedaan. Hoewel de kleuren me niet echt aanstonden heb ik toch meegedaan. Een uitdaging is tenslotte een uitdaging, waar of niet?

De foto van zoonlief Joram is afgelopen mei in Kroatie genomen toen we daar op vakantie waren. Hij was met manlief aan het midgetgolfen en ik geloof niet dat ie in de gaten had dat ik foto's aan het maken was.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Lily Bee Design
Ribbon: DCWV
Sticker: October Afternoon
Eyelet: Bazzill
Mask: Heidi Swapp
Misc: Bling letters, sequins, homemade glimmermist

Toen ik eenmaal alles had vastgeplakt kwam ik er achter dat eigenlijk de layout had moet kantelen zodat Joram niet uit de layout kijkt. Maar ja, toen zat alles al vast en ik wilde niet dat hele gedoe van alles weer loshalen en opnieuw beginnen.

Dus mocht je opgemerkt hebben dat de foto eigenlijk niet echt goed gepositioneerd op de layout zit: Je hebt helemaal gelijk; maar ik was te lui om het te veranderen.....................

Leuk dat je weer mijn blog hebt bezocht..................

Friday, November 12, 2010

We have been to GLOW / WE zijn naar GLOW geweest!

I think we probably picked the wettest day of the year, but we were tough and we went to GLOW. One week a year downtown Eindhoven is all about artificial light and all its possibilities. It is amazing to see. DS Joram and myself went together for the last couple of years and this year it was even more spectacular and unexpected. It is really hard to explain what it is and what it looks like but a lot of buildings are lit and then in a different and unconventional way; there were fish swimming over one of the big churches downtown and another building they made it seem like it was collapsing. Very impressive. 
We got soaking wet, we came home and right away jumped in the shower. It was very hard to get some nice shots of the diffferent buildings and events (because of both the rain and the darkness). If you are in the area: Tomorrow will be the last night for this year!
Reminds me: I have to order some more pics so I can do some scrapping with recent pics .  

A reminder: Today is the last day you can enter my challenge at Let's Scrap. You can see my post about it HERE. I have a pretty cool price for the winner!

For all of you: Have a great weekend, stay safe and enjoy! And............... don't forget to smile 

Ik denk dat we de natste dag van het jaar gekozen hebben, maar zoonlief Joram en ik hebben het weer getrotseerd en zijn vanavond naar GLOW geweest. Een week per jaar is het centrum van Eindhoven volledig gericht op kunstmatig licht en al zijn mogelijkheden. Werkelijk geweldig om te zien. Joram en ik zijn de afgelopen jaren steeds geweest maar dit jaar was het weer onverwachter en spectaculairder. Het is heel moeilijk om uit te leggen wat er precies te zien is maar heel veel gebouwen zijn op een heel onconventionele manier verlicht. Op een van de grote kerken in de stad zwommen vissen rond en een ander gebouw was zo verlicht dat het leek of het in elkaar stortte. Echt heel indrukweekend. Toen we thuis kwamen waren we zo verzopen dat we gelijk onder de douche gesprongen zijn.
Het was moeilijk om mooie foto's te maken. Ten eerste omdat het regende en ten tweede omdat het donker was. Als je in de buurt bent: Morgenavond is de laatste avond van dit jaar.

Ik moet ook weer eens foto's bestellen zodat ik weer met wat recentere foto's kan scrappen.

Nog even: Vandaag is de laatste dag dat je mee kan doen aan mijn challenge bij Let's Scrap. Je kunt in mijn bericht HIER meer details lezen. Voor de winnaar is er een geweldige prijs!

Voor iedereen: Een heel fijn weekend. Geniet ervan en vergeet niet te glimlachen...........

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Playing with Jelly Fish / Spelen met Kwallen

I know for sure that I did it as a child: Playing with jelly fish. I poked in them with sticks, tried to cut them with shells and more abusive things. I guess they were so blessed to be dead already, LOL. When we were in Croatia last May Joram and his friend Lisa played with jelly fish the whole afternoon. They found an empty beer bottle to keep the jelly fish in and they even wanted to take it home. Yeah right............

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Creative Imaginations
Chipboard: Junkitz
Die-cut letters: Cuttlebug

I had this patterned paper for quite some time and never got the right pics to use it. I think these pics did the job. The layout was based on this weeks sketch at Let's Scrap.  

It's already Wednesday, I can't believe how fast time goes. Enjoy!

Ik weet zeker dat ik het heb gedaan als kind: Op het strand spelen met kwallen. Ik gebruikte stokken om in ze te prikken en scelpen om ze in stukken te snijden. En vast nog meer dingen die ik niet meer weet. Ik denk dat ze blij waren dat ze toch al dood waren, hahaha.
Toen we afgelopen mei in Kroatie waren hebben Joram en zijn vriendin Lisa de hele middag met kwallen gespeeld. Ze hadden een bierflesje gevonden waar ze ze instopten en ze wilden zelfs het bierflesje mee naar huis nemen, je gelooft het zelf.............
Cardstock: Bazzill
Dessinpapier: Creative Imaginations
Chipboard: Junkitz
Die-cut letters: Cuttlebug

Ik had dit papier al een hele tijd maar had nooit de goede foto's. Deze foto's passen wel goed bij het papier. Deze layout is gebaseerd op de nieuwe sketch van Let's Scrap.

Ik kan me niet voorstellen dat het alweer woensdag is, de tijd vliegt. Geniet ervan!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

A yellow watermelon layout / Een gele watermeloen layout

There was nothing more surprising that cutting open a watermelon and finding yellow flesh instead of red. And then DD Jinte enjoying it gave me the opportunity to take some nice shots. And then scrapping with some of my recently purchased goodies was also fun. So: I am having a good time!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned papers: Lily Bee design
Rub-ons: Rhonna Farrer
Buttons: Bazzill
Die-cuts: Cuttlebug
Border punch: EK Success
Misc: Heart shaped button, embroidery thread

Er was geen grotere verrassing dan het opensnijden van een watermeloen en dan geel vruchtvlees aan te treffen in plaats van rood. En toen dochterlief Jinte er van aan het genieten was leverde dat ook weer een paar hele leuke plaatjes op. En toen nog scrappen met spullen die ik net gekocht had: Het leven is helemaal niet zo onaangenaam!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Dessinpapier: Lily Bee design
Rub-ons: Rhonna Farrer
Knopen: Bazzill
Die-cuts: Cuttlebug
Randpons: EK Success
Overig: hart knoopje, borduurgaren