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Friday, 28 October 2011

Use a Die Cut!

Good morning everyone!

The new challenge over at Card Makin' Mamas has started, this time we would like to see your creativity using "DIE-CUTS"! You can interpret this any which way suits you best, but your card needs to include a die-cut somewhere! We are sponsored by Saturated Canary this time (don't you just love the name?), the lucky winner can get their hands on 2 digis of their choice, and there is a LOT of choice :)

Here's my make:

Isn't she a little cutie? I made it difficult for myself to colour, since I printed the image out fairly small and the image is so intricate, that in order to get a nice colour on the apples I decided to 3D them. They look pretty tasty to me, don't you think? Perfect for when you're a little under the weather I'd say!

* White base card
* Saturated Canary Digi (Snow White - A Princess), coloured with Promarkers
* Prima Marketing Jack and Jill DP
* Cream die cut, inked with blue ink
* Sentiment stamp, gems and bow from stash

* Crafts and Me (Use Blue on Your Card)
* Crafts 4 Eternity (Magical Mystical)
* Polka Doodles (Magical & Mystical)
* Scrapbook Sisters (Anything Goes)
* Stampin' B's (Use Items Starting with P: Princess)
* The Kraft Journal (Anything Goes)
* Delicious Doodles (Good vs Evil)
* CCEE Stampers (Funny Get Well Soon Card)
* Paper Crafting Yourney (Use a Digi)
* Sassy Studio (Favourite Film --> Snow White when I was a kid)

I am hoping to see you all participating in the challenge, check out the challenge blog if you would like some more inspiration!

Only a few more days until we get the keys to the new house, I am so excited! Have a lovely weekend :)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Snowmen Carols

Hi everyone!

I have another card to show you, especially created for the Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge. I have participated in every single challenge so far, but it seemed that I was going to miss this one out due to time constraints  Hah, I laugh in the face of deadlines :) So I literally squeezed this one out, but I still love how it came out:

* Bauble shaped base card
* Meljen's Designs Caroling Snowmen (I won this image in a challenge recently and was itching to work with it, it's so cute!), coloured with Promarkers and Stickled
* Marianne Design Old Fashioned Christmas DP (Gorgeous paper, isn't it?)
* Sentiments from Studio Light
* Scalloped punch
* Ribbon and snow flake brads from stash

* Sparkles Forum (Christmas Songs)
* Christmas Stampin' (Sparkles)
* Charisma Cardz (Anything Goes)
* Christmas Card Challenge (Christmas Card)
* Ribbon Girl (Jingle All the Way to Christmas)
* The Paper Shelter (Anything Goes)
* Simon Says Stamp (Anything Goes)
* Saturday Challenge (Wrap Up Warm)
* Paper Pretties (Embellish It)
* Meljen's Designs (Christmas)

Hope you like it, see you tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Halloween Tag

Hello all!

Today we have a little in-between challenge for you over at Friendship's garden, we are challenging you to make a HALLOWEEN TAG! Use 1 image, 2 ricrac bits and 3 blingy embellishments, you can interpret that however you want. Just make sure that you don't use a stamp or digi for your main image and you're good to go! Here's my make:

* K&Co Christmas Cheer Tag Pad
* Image from the Internet ( has it, among others)
* K&Co Halloween Paper Pad
* White pieces of ricrac from my stash, coloured with a little Vintage Photo Distress ink (love the duo tone it created!)
* Orange gems from my stash

Hope you like my tag, as we aren't celebrating Halloween over here, I am currently using it as a book tag :)

* 2 Sisters (Pumpkin Patch)
* Allsorts (Halloween)
* Bearly Mine (Anything but a Card)
* Crafting for All Seasons (Halloween or Halloween colours)
* Divas by Design (Something Spooky)
* Fab 'n Funky (Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble)
* For Fun (Halloween)
* Hooked on Craft (Something Spooky)
* Little Darlings (Not square)
* Lollypop Crafts (At least 3 embellishments)

See you on Friday with my Card Makin' Mamas DT card, all I can say is that it's fit for a princess ;)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Card Makin' Mamas Blog Hop Winners!!!

Good morning everyone,

Our first ever Blog Hop at Card Makin' Mamas was a great success, check out if you've won at the main challenge blog! Thanks for playing, everyone, we've had some new additions to the challenge blog followers as well, hope you all participate in the next challenge!

The winner of the exclusive Franken Lily digi on my blog is.......JULIE HOFFMAN! Congratulations Julie, check the challenge blog for Lizzie's contact information to receive your very own Lily :)

Thanks again for all your lovely commments and a big welcome to my new followers :)

Friday, 21 October 2011

CMM Halloween Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone, it is finally here; the Card Makin' Mamas Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Dee's lovely blog. If you came by this post by accident, you can start hopping at our Challenge Blog! We are all using our own Lizzie's digi's, I believe it's her first attempt and they are gorgeous! Well done honey :)

Here's my card, using Franken Lily:

All Lizzie's digis this time around have to do with Halloween and all things spooky and autumny. And if you join us in our blog hop, you can win these digis! If you leave a comment here, you're in with a chance to win Franken Lily! She's actually a full-size character, I liked her face so much that I zoomed in and only printed some of the digi. Just showing you what a versatile prize this could be! There are several more Lizzie digi's to won along the hop, so really worth participating!

Next stop on the hop is Sara's blog, go and check out her make! Below are all the stops on the hop in the right order. Thanks for visiting my little blog!

Blog hop order
Card Makin Mamas Challenge Blog
Ciska (that's me!)
Card Makin Mamas Challenge Blog

* White base card
* Lizzie original digi Franken Lily
* Studio Light DPs, vellum, cauldrom and sentiments
* Skeleton foam stickers and orange ribbon from stash

* Bows & Berries (Colour Challenge)
* Craft Your Days Away (Halloween colours)
* Crafty Calender (Spooky)
* Creative Card Crew (Spooky Fun)
* Creative Card Challenges (Congratulations)
* Paper Creations (Halloween)
* Paper Sundaes (Halloween)
* Sparkles Forum (Halloween)
* ABC (Boo)
* Kraft Journal (Spooky Stuff)

Another Halloween Christmas

Good morning everyone,

I have another Halloween Christmas card to share with you, hoping to give you some inspiration for the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge of Oktober; Use Halloween colours for your Christmas Card. You still have another week or so to enter, the deadline is the 31st of Oktober.

This time around I used a purple base and kept it fairly simple:

The image originally came with DPs in traditional colours, but I think this works well too!

* Champagne base card
* Studio Light 3D image, purple DP and sentiment
* SEI Vanilla Icing Accents
* Prima Daisy Doodles Flower
* Stickles on the wreath
* Gold peel offs and gem from stash

* Aud Sentiments (Winter)
* Bling It On (No Patterned Paper)
* Crafting When We Can (Christmas)
* Ooh La La (Let It Snow)
* Emerald Fairy (Flowers)
* Christmas Inspirations (Punches/Die-cuts)
* Christmas Card Challenge (Christmas Card)
* Heart Song Inspirations (Flowers/Felt)
* Stamps R Us (Nature's Gifts)
* Top Tip Tuesday (Layer It Up)

Hope you like, see you a little later today for the first ever Card Makin' Mamas bloghop!!!! :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Vintage Halloween

Good morning everyone!

It's time for our second challenge over at Friendship's Garden, we are challenging you to make a "VINTAGE HALLOWEEN" themed card. The winner can get her/his hands on a 10 dollar gift certificate for

as well as a guest designer spot with us. Hope you can play along this time around, we'd love to see your makes! Just make sure you don't use a stamped image!

This is my take on the challenge:

I am definitely enjoying making these Halloween-inspired cards, although it's a pity I won't be able to send them.

* Champagne base card, gatefold
* Image from the Internet ( has it but I used one that isolated the image and not included the background, can't find that link anymore though)
* My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue DP
* Sew Easy Floss Light Brown
* Flower Punch
* Computer-generated sentiment
* Lace, Button & gems from stash

* CES (Forever Autumn)
* Crafty Boots (Autumn/Halloween)
* Deep Ocean (Fall Colours)
* Designed 2 Delight/Delightful Inspiration (Halloween)
* Dream Valley (Halloween)
* I Did It (Animals)
* One Stop Craft (Halloween)
* Really Reasonable Ribbon (Fun 4 Fall)
* Saturday Challenge (White + 1 other colour)
* Sentimental Sundays (Fancy Folds)

Thanks for looking, hope to see you all at the challenge!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Halloween birthday

Good morning everyone!

It's time for another Card Makin' Mamas Challenge and you will not be surprised to learn that our theme this time around is "HALLOWEEN"! Always a difficult topic for me, as we don't really celebrate Halloween in the Netherlands. So I decided to make a birthday card, but with the Halloween colours and image! We are being sponsored by Bugaboo, they are offering 7 digis to the lucky winner! Great prize, no?

For your inspiration, they gave use some great images to work with. I've used Hween Brat Pumpkin, isn't she cute?

* Champagne base card
* Studio Light & K&C Halloween DPs (I am not even sure they're still making it, I picked it up from a craft fair about a year ago)
* Image Bugaboo Hween Brat Pumpkin (paper pieced with K&C Halloween DP), coloured with Promarkers
* Recollections Flower
* Sentiment from the internet (I can't remember where unfortunately)
* Peel-offs from stash

* 2 Sisters Challenge (Halloween)
* Birthday Sundays (Fall Colours Birthday)
* ABC (Pumpkin)
* Crafting for All Seasons (Fall or Pumpkins)
* Crafts and Me (Orange)
* Cupcake Craft (Halloween)
* Fab 'n Funky (Fall Colours)
* For Fun (Pumpkins without Faces, I hope I qualify)
* Fussy and Fancy (Fall or Halloween)
* I Love Promarkers (Autumnal Colours)

Well, that's it from me so far. Stay tuned for our CMM blog hop, starting next week! Have a great weekend and stay warm :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Ye Olde Dutch Birthday

Good Morning Everyone!

Well, hasn't the weather changed! Last weekend, I was almost fainting because of the heat, this weekend I nearly froze to death! Well, that might be a 'slight' exaggeration, but you know what I mean :) I had a lovely girly shopping trip with one of my best friends yesterday, no crafty goodies sadly but I did manage to find a nice pair of winter shoes!

Anyway, on to my card, I made this card for my uncle who will celebrate his birthday next week. I hope the card is 'male' enough, I find it pretty difficult to make a card for someone who doesn't have an outspoken hobby or interest (well, he likes hunting, but funny enough I don't have any such images in my stash ;))

So I came across this decoupage sheet and thought that it might work for a birthday card. And although it's not the most intricate one I've ever made, I am still pretty happy with it:

Materials used:
* Cream base card
* Studio Light 3D decoupage, sentiments, flowers and windmill & red DPs
* MS Doily Lace border punch
* Blue card, blue gems and silver peel offs from stash

* One Stop Craft (Anything Goes)
* C.R.A.F.T. (Bright Colours)
* Anything Goes (Die-Cut or Punches or both)
* By the Cute and Girly (Anything Goes and Bloghop)
* Delightful Sketches (Make it Dimensional)
* Fab 'n Funky (Die-Cuts or Punches)
* I Did It Creations (Anything Goes)
* Paper Sundaes (Favourite Colour Combination; Red and Blue)
* Pollycraft Monday (Boys, Boys, Boys)
* Sentimental Sundays (Anything Goes + a sentiment)

Hope you enjoy my card!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

New Beginnings: Friendship's Garden Bloghop!

Hello everyone,

Yes, it's time for the first Friendship's Garden Challenge to start and we have appropriately chosen "NEW BEGINNINGS" as our first theme! The additional twist is including a window/aperture on your card as well.

Anyone with a new project that falls within that theme can participate. We welcome any type of paper craft, there is a catch however, no stamps! You can stamp your sentiment if you like, but the main image shouldn't be a stamp or digi. There are plenty of great websites around that list free images, or maybe you have some images at home you'd like to use, or photo's, or......well, you get the gist ;)

To make our first challenge as festive and memorable as possible, we are also hosting a BLOGHOP!!! And there's prizes to win as well! We will be giving away a $20 certificate to Designs on Cloud 9 and a $10 gift certificate to Altered Angel! How generous is that! To get the skinny on how you can increase your chances to win these fabulous prizes, check out the post on the main challenge blog!

If all is well, you should have arrived on my blog from Dena Jones' blog. If you get lost, go back to the Friendship's Garden Main Blog to get back on track, the blog hop starts and ends there! The next teamie to visit is Carolyn LaBille, go forth and give her some love :)

On to my project. For this first challenge I've made a baby card, can't get any newer than that now can you? I made it for a colleague of mine who just gave birth to her first child, a girl. I wanted to make a card that wasn't that obviously girly girly, as the mother isn't like that either.

* White base card
* Studio Light 3D image and sentiment
* First Edition Hideaway DPs
* Ivory ribbon from stash

* Craft Your Passion (Anything Goes + Ribbon)
* Crafty Card Makers (Anything Goes)
* The Kraft Journal (Lavish Layers)
* Paper Creations (Black and/or Orange)
* CES Challenge (Totally Gurjuss/Pretty Girls)
* City Crafter (3D)
* Heart Song Inspirations (Anything Goes)
* Jen's Digi Stamps (Let's Hear it For the Girls)
* My Time To Craft (Nursery Necessities)
* Crazy Amigo (Animals)

Hope you like my card, maybe it inspires some of you to join our first challenge and bloghop!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Birthday Frog

Good evening everyone,

The beginning of another week and I have another card to share with you. A good friend of the family is celebrating her birthday on the 4th of October and she loves frogs. I personally can't stand the things, but as she likes them I almost always make a 'froggy' card for her. This is the one for this year:

I punched the holes with a normal office punch, the holes are then big enough to thread ribbon through. 

Materials used:
* Silver base card
* Studio Light 3D image, sentiments and DPs
* Silver matt mirror board
* MS Doily Lace border punch
* Silver corner peel offs, ribbon and gems from my stash

* Birthday Sundaes (Ribbon)
* Aud Sentiments (Birthday)
* Celebrate the Occasion (Anything Goes, Must Use Ribbon)
* Cute Card Tuesday (Animal Crackers)
* Little Miss Muffet (Animals or Monsters)
* Our Creative Corner (Inspiration from another country (Ireland: green and shamrocks))
* Emerald Fairies (Punches and Dies)
* Creatalicious Challenges (Anything Goes)
* 4 Crafty Chicks (Anything Goes)
* Daring Cardmakers (Use a foreign language, Dutch)

I will be back on Wednesday with my first card for the Friendship's Garden, we will be doing a bloghop and have some great prizes for you to win, so stay tuned and check back in a few days! 

Have a great week! 

Halloween Christmas

Good afternoon,

Hope you all are having a great weekend? My parents were at ours for the weekend, we just put them back on the train so now I have some time to update my blog.

The October Christmas Cards All Year Round (CCAYR) Challenge is up again, this time we are challenging you to use Halloween colours as well as a die-cut or punch. We don't really celebrate Halloween in the Netherlands, so I don't really have that much of those colours in my stash, but I eventually managed to fine some:

* White scalopped base card
* Studio Light 3D image and sentiment
* My Mind's  Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue DP
* SEI Christmas Mint Chiplets Die-cut
* Gold peel-offs, gem and pearl from my stash

* Christmas Stampin' All Year Long (No Stamps)
* Crafty Creations (CAS)
* Crafty Purple Frog (Lots of Layers)
* Crafty Hazelnut (For a man)
* Paper Sundaes (Lots of Layers)
* Scrap Card Challenge (Anything Goes)
* ABC Challenge (Anything Goes)
* Crafts 4 Eternity (Anything Goes)
* Christmas Card Challenge (Christmas Card)
* Just Some Lines (Fall Colours)

I will be back with a birthday card tomorrow, as promised! Hope you all have a great weekend, enjoy the good weather while you can!