maandag 31 december 2012

Celebration with a cup of tea

Hi everyone,

The moment is there, the last day of 2012 has arrived. What a great year it has been! When I look back on this year, so much has happened in the creative sense, but also in working and privacy atmosphere . I'm very pleased with how the year has gone by. It's now time for 2013. And to end this year and to start a brand new one, Simon Says Stamp and Show has a fun challenge for us, a Mad Tea Party! There are no rules for this challenge, it's an anything goes one! But if you're inspired to make it a tea party like us, please do so!



I always like to interpret the challenges literally, so when I think of a tea party, I think of a teapot with cups. For this challenge I wanted to use products and tools which I discovered/bought in 2012. Like my Silhouette Cameo. It's been a while since I've used it and this 3D project was perfect to put it to work. Other things I bought in 2012 is my favorite ink, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I absolutely love that color! The Distress Dry Glitter Rock Candy is such beautiful stuff, really amazing that you can give it any color with alcohol inks. My favorite adhesive for metal, fabric, buttons and foam board is Tacky Glue! It's really awesome and a really good alternative for the glue gun, which I always fight with. And not to forget the Idea-ology Mini Gears, I find them so cute and I can really use it on anything.







Yes my Silhouette Cameo has worked its little bottom of and my Glossy Accents is half empty after making this project. I always find it so much fun to pick out the design paper for this kind of projects and with the Little Black Dress collection, I had plenty of choice. I'm very happy with the result and it looks perfect on the table in my living room!





To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a Happy New Year!!! Love to see you next year!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 24 december 2012

A joyful Christmas!

Hi everyone,

It's almost time, tonight it's Christmas Eve and tomorrow it's really Christmas! It all went so very quickly! This week we have no challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show, but we wish you all a merry Christmas and all the design team members have something they want to share with you for this festive week. Please check it out!
Last year was the first year that I've made ​​Christmas cards, and I had so much fun that I wanted to do that again this year. And for my Christmas card I used my alternative Christmas colors yet again.


Below a short impression how I've made them​​. Unfortunately, not all steps are captured, because I was so busy that I just didn't think about taking pictures...


The background is made with the Tim Holtz Distress Wrinkle Free technique. To let the 25 stand out I used Glossy Accents to glue down the black colored Dry Glitter. That stuff is totally awesome!

  
Finally, the Holiday Lamp Post got some serious use!


With the drybrush technique I have the lamp post with a golden glow. And every lamppost got some vellum windows.

The tinsel is light colored with 3 colors of alcohol ink.











Before you go, I wanted to let you know that Simon Says Stamp has a really amazing clearance going on! 40% OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR end of year sale category coupon code CLEAR40 now through December 31.

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

Hugs,
Sandra

zaterdag 22 december 2012

The 12 tags of 2012 - December

Hi everyone,

Have you seen the two gorgeous tags that Tim has made for the last 12 tags of 2012? There are two because he started in February and he owed us one:). So happy with them, because they're so pretty. I'm late with creating them, and I had a lot of fun making them both! What a great techniques yet again! I'm so glad I had waited a while with making them, because my early Christmas present that I got from my BFF Lein, was the Christmas blueprint stampset and that is perfect for one of the tags. I've given them my own twist. And I'm very pleased with the results :).

Photos alert, lots of pictures below! Well... not a whole lot...











Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 19 december 2012

Christmas gift

Hi everyone,

It's almost Christmas time and it's not only time for Christmas cards and Christmas decorations, it is also time for Christmas gifts. The wrapping of the Christmas gifts is just as fun as all the rest of the creative christmas fun. From my super sweet BFF Lein I have already got my Christmas present! The amazing Christmas blueprint stamps! So I put them right at use on the wrapping paper. I got me some plain kraft wrapping paper at Ikea! A whole lot for little, perfect for my special Christmas gift. With this Christmas gift I participate with Frilly and Funkie where the challenge is, make it a tag. I also like to join in with Compendium of Curiosities, where the challenge is tissue tape. See for more info on page 36 of the book. And this week it's sponsored by the always generous Simon Says Stamp!

 





Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 17 december 2012

Snowflake Ornaments

Hi everyone,

In about a week it's Christmas, and that means that everyone is busy with lots of  preparations and last minute Christmas shopping. Hopefully you'll have some time to make some gifts, because this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is gift-spiration! Personally I find it so much fun to make decorations as a present. The new Snowflake Rosette by Tim Holtz makes stunning ornaments to hang in the christmas tree or hang anywhere else in the house. You can also use them to embellish your presents.



First of all I've cut some Neenah Solar White cardstock to size. I've inked it up with the different colors of green Distress Inks and did that on both sides. As an ornament, both sides need to be pretty.
Then I cut the rosettes out of the cardstock. The tear lines is very fragile, so I stuck a piece of tissue tape on one side.



For a bit more interest, I used some stamps. On the large rosette I decorated the edges with gold embossing powder.
Time to struggle to get the rosettes in their shape and gluing them. That's really the hardest part. I need some more practise with that.






To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 12 december 2012

Wedding card

Hi everyone,

Today is such a beautiful date, 12/12/12, and the last in the serie. I think that all over the world many people did get married! Tonight I also have a wedding party of a colleague of mine and have made a card for them. Since it is a wedding card, I didn't grunge it up so much;). I'm still joining the Compedium or Curiosities Challenge where the challenge of this week is Paper Rosette. Which can be found on page 63.

Why can I take a great picture when the project is really dark, or when it's really light? Sigh!







Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 10 december 2012

Time for a Christmas Tim Tag

Hi everyone,

I must admit I do miss the 12 tags of Christmas quite a bit. It's amazing that Tim now makes a tag for us every month, but the 12 tags of Christmas was such a happening and I liked it so much. It was my first year last year, and I want more! Well luckily we can, because this week's challenge of Simon Says Stamp and Show is to dive into the archive of his Christmas Tags and pick a tag that inspires you most. Mine is tag of day 1, 2009. The background is really amazing and the whole tag is so beautiful.



I wanted to use colors that fit with my Christmas decorations and that is lime, black, brown and a little gold and silver. For this tag I wanted to use some new products, such as Rock Candy Glitter Dry. I absolutely love this glitter.



I have made 3 colors Dry Glitter. I can never have enough black, and for Christmas I also need some lime green.
The reindeer is stamped with black ink and then coated with some Glossy Accents and then coated with black Dry Glitter. The same way I did the holly, but then with green Dry Glitter and green ink.



The background is made with the wrinkle free distress technique. Then I put a thick layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint on top. After it was dry I inked up the edges with walnut stain.

 





To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

woensdag 5 december 2012

Light in Darkness

Hi everyone,

The days are getting shorter and nights are getting longer. A good reason to bring some light in the darkness, and that is precisely what the challenge of Frilly and Funkie is about this fortnight. And I'm entering this tag also into the Compendium of Curiosties challenge where the challenge is to use the Distress Ink Palette We have only a few techniques to go before we reach the end of the second book.


First I've colored in the stamp with Distress Reinkers. This stamp is one of my favorites, you can almost always use this stamp for every occasion.


Then I made the background with various colors of Distress Ink, and I've done with that with a sponge, so that I could go around the colored parts with precision. It's a bit lighter around the stamp, but I find that very pretty. As if it's glowing a bit.







Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra