Monday, November 30, 2009

Jillibean Soup Projects

This card went up on the Jillibean Soup blog today. I created a scallop card using my new Sizzix die. It wasn't a cheap die, and I was in doubt about purchasing it, but I am happy I did. I love the scallop design.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper, twine: Jillibean Soup Lentil Soup Button: Rusty Pickle Stickers: Making Memories Alphabet Stickers Tools: Sizzix Bigz XL Scallop Card, QuicKutz Nesting Flowers Ink: Papertrey Ink Other: book page

The new issue of Scrapbook Magazine is available now, so that means I can show my work that was published in the last issue. I'll kick-off with the layout that made it to the cover of the anniversary issue. This layout is one of my favorite layouts ever. It is based on Sketch 64 by Creative Scrappers. I was Guest Designer for Sketch 64 in August, and liked the sketch so much that I wanted to create another layout based on the sketch. The cute little boy is my nephew Nick. The Jillibean Soup blues are perfect for a baby boy layout.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper, clear stamps: Jillibean Soup Alphabet Soup, Soup Staples Flowers: Prima Marketing Tools: EK Success Retro Flower punches, QuicKutz Alphabet Diesel Grand, Silhouette, Nesting Flowers, Sizzix die Stars #2, sewing machine Sheer: Maya Road Brad: Making Memories Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Other: twill, waxed cord, foamtape

Later this week I'll show the other layouts that were published.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gift Box and Diploma B

Yesterday we had dinner at our friends Mark & Liesbeth's place. We have been knowing each other for quite some years. Our children were in the same group at daycare, they are now in the same school and we live in the same street. It is always nice to get together and chat all evening while the kids are playing. I bought them delicious chocolates from Kaatje. Instead of buying a chocolate box at the store I made a little box for the chocolates myself. I used a template from Papertrey Ink.

Supplies: Bag Template: Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: BoBunny Kitchen Spice Ribbon, twine: Jillibean Soup Flower: Prima Marketing Stamps: Papertrey Ink Ink: VersaColor Pinecone, Papertrey Ink Tools: EK Sucess Circle punch, QuicKutz Nesting Flowers Other: buttons, tag, foamtape

Sanne's swimming test for diploma B went really well. She passed the test!! She was really nervous for the freestyle technique, but she did great.

Have a Happy Sunday!

Friday, November 27, 2009

CPS 143

I spent a lot of time on DT assignments the past few weeks as I had to meet quite some deadlines. I still have to finish some DT assignments but I wanted to have some "me time" today and create a project that I chose myself. Last Wednesday I received the gorgeous Very Merry collection by October Afternoon. I told myself not to buy more Christmas papers, but I couldn't resist October Afternoon's Christmas collection? I just love their collections too much. The project of my choice today is a card based on Sketch 143 at CPS. I enjoyed playing with my Papertrey Ink stamps.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) Patterned paper: October Afternoon Very Merry Button: Papertrey Ink Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Labels, Signature Christmas, Background Basics: Text Styles II) Ink: Papertrey Ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Martha Stewart Embossed Scallop edge punch, Cuttlebug Ice Crystal, sewing machine Twine: Jillibean Soup Other: Ranger Stickles, foamtape

We have to wake up early tomorrow morning as Sanne has to do the test for swimming diploma B at 8am. I was really excited when she got a notification last Friday. She passed the test for diploma A on October 3rd, and only 8 weeks later she goes for B! She is a bit nervous as she has some problems with the freestyle (crawl) technique. I told her she can do it, but she is not too confident about it. Hopefully she will be able to enjoy herself tomorrow.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jillibean Soup's Grandmas Christmas Soup

I {heart} Jillibean Soup's Grandmas Christmas Soup Collection. The colors are wonderful, and the collection is very versatile. You can use the papers for Christmas and non-Christmas projects. Here's a mini album that I created for this year's Christmas. I only have to add pictures. Usually we always forget to take pictures, but hopefully not this time.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper, alphabeans, ribbon: Jillibean Soup Grandmas Christmas Soup Stickers: Heidi Swapp Chipboard Alphabet Tools: Sizzix die Stars #2 Album: Maya Road Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: waxed cord, foamtape

I also altered a notepad.

Supplies: Patterned paper, alphabeans, twine: Jillibean Soup Grandmas Christmas Soup Button: Rusty Pickle Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, Crealies Creative Flowers 3, Fiskars border punch, sewing machine Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: foamtape

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Girls

We LOVE them so much and are so proud of them. The amazingly talented Florence Bavinck did a fabulous job. She caught Fleur and Sanne on camera as they are.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Merry Xmas

This card went up on the Jillibean Soup blog today. The card shows that you don't necessarily have to use Christmas papers to create a Christmas card. The circles are cut from the Can Beef Consomme sheet that is part of Grandmas Christmas Soup collection, but all other papers are non-Christmas papers.

Supplies: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup Talk Soup Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Grandmas Christmas Soup, Lentil Soup Ribbon, twine: Jillibean Soup Button: Rusty Pickle Tools: Martha Stewart Embossed Scallop edge punch, Cuttlebug Ice Crystal Stampin'Up! circle punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: white tag

I still have many Christmas card to make, so I better hurry otherwise the cards won't arrive in time. First, I have to meet a few deadlines, but I might have some time to create some Christmas cards this weekend.

Earlier this evening I received a link to the online gallery of our photo shoot by Florence Bavinck and all I can say is......WOW! Florence did an awesome job and I really love how the pictures turned out. I might be able to show you more pictures tomorrow or Wednesday.

Until next time!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Photo Shoot by Florence Bavinck

We had a photo shoot with Florence Bavinck on October 31st. Today Florence mailed us one of the pictures of that shoot and I love it!! The rest will follow later this week, and I can hardly wait to see the other ones. If the other pictures are as wonderful as this one I know we will have another gorgeous collection of family pictures. We love Florence's photography style, and I am sure another photo shoot with her will be done in the future. If you ever want to do a photo shoot I can strongly recommend Florence Bavinck Photography.

Have a Happy Sunday!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Renee

Our sweet niece Renee is turning 6 today. You may know that she and her family live in the UK, so unfortunately we won't be able to visiting her on her birthday. Of course I made her a card. Lighting is a bit bad, but it is hard to take good pictures when it's dark and grey outside.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: Imaginisce Ribbon: local haberdashery Stamps: Papertrey Ink Button: Buttons Galore & More Tools: Sizzix Scallop Card, Martha Stewart Daisy edge punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, sewing machine Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: white tag, waxed cord

This weekend Scrapcards 3 Cards & Gifts will be launched. Paper & Pictures is open on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be at the store on Saturday anyway, and maybe also on Sunday. If you have a chance to stop by I would love to meet you in Doorn and sign your copy of the book.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Festival of Lights - Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to our first ever Festival of Lights from the fabulous team at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog!

In addition to the fabulous projects, we have decided to make this party the most fun ever by hiding 2 treasures along the hop! Two selected designers will draw a random winner from the comments left on her blog in the hop. But of course, it wouldn't be a treasure hunt if you knew which blog is hiding the treasure, right?

The winner will receive a $30 gift certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps! You will also get a free year subscription to Technique Junkies sponsored by Pat Huntoon.

So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win, and add the Cuttlebug blinkie to your blog. The more comments you leave the better chances you have at winning. You can download the DT list here, so you can keep track of whom you need to visit.

Here's my project for this week's Festival of Light. I was inspired by one of my sweet friend Hanneke's projects in the latest issue of Cards Only.

Supplies: Cardstock, clear stamps, button, ink: Papertrey Ink Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly Twine: Jillibean Soup Tools: Ellison Sparkle die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circles Large, EK Success circle punch, Martha Stewart Deep Edger Doily Trim punch Frosted bag: Emma's Paperie

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the blog hop!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FREE Cutting Cafe Printable Christmas Stamp Set

Regina from The Cutting Cafe is such a sweet and generous person. In appreciation of Thanksgiving Day next week she would like to thank her customers and is offering this Christmas Daily Printable Stamp Set for FREE. The set includes 84 images. Isn't that a generous offer? Hop over to The Cutting Cafe website to get the details. The set is available until Midnight PST on Thursday November 19th. As of November 20th the set will be available for $12.99.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Trip To Jamaica

In June 2006 Eric and I made a trip to Jamaica. It was an incentive trip hosted by Eric's employer. It was the first time in 6 years that I accompanied Eric on one of the incentive trips again. Since the birth of Fleur and Sanne I was a bit feared of flying, and didn't like to be miles away from home without the girls. I felt quite sorry for Eric that he had to go alone on these trips while his coworkers were there with their spouses, so in 2006 I decided to go with him. It was our first visit to Jamaica and we had a wonderful time. I chose the most beautiful pictures of this trip, and made this mini album. The album was published in Scrapbook Magazine.

Until next time!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Birthday, and Winners Give Away

Today I am celebrating my birthday.

I couldn't fit 41 candles on the cupcake {wink}.

As promised, I would randomly pick two winners for The Cutting Cafe Give Away. I had more than 90 comments. Wow! The first winner will receive the Christmas Circles Set 2, and the second winner will receive the tags.

Fleur draw the first winner and that is...

Congrats, Ilse! Please send me your e-mail address and I'll make sure you get the Christmas set.

The second winner was drawn by Sanne and that is...

Jamilie, congrats to you too! Please e-mail your address and I'll send you the tags.

Eric and the girls surprised me with gift certificates from my favorite stamping company. And Eric made me this card. He was inspired by this watch. I think it's time to hide my scrapbook supplies.... {wink}.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Got Sketch? 93, and a Gift Tag

Today Sketch 93 is posted on the Got Sketch? blog and I was asked to contribute to this sketch. I love Valerie Salmon's sketches. They are a great source of inspiration. Hop on over to the Got Sketch? blog to view the cards by the other talented girls. Here's my take on Sketch 93.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper, die-cuts: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Rub-ons: Melissa Frances Button: Rusty Pickle Twine: Jillibean Soup Tools: Crealies Creative Flowers 3, Martha Stewart Deep Edger Daisy Fan, sewing machine Ink: VersaColor Pinecone

Yesterday I received a box full of yumminess from the USA. New stamps, ink pads, ribbon, buttons and cardstock. Oh.....I so LOVE my new goodies and had to play with it immediately. I created this gift tag.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Papertrey Ink Stamps, ink, button: Papertrey Ink Flower: Prima Marketing Twine: Jillibean Soup Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One Other: eyelet

Today I went to the Kreadoe, a crafts fair in Utrecht. I went with my mom, her friend Bep and my sweet friend Hanneke. We all bought some great goodies, and had a wonderful time. Hanneke and I also met some girls that we know through forums and it is always nice to meet them in person. We went home again around 4pm.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Cutting Cafe Giveaway!

I made these gift tags using the Christmas Circles Set 2 from The Cutting Cafe. This printable stamps set is very versatile. I used the stamps to create gift tags, but of course they are also perfect for sentiments on cards. And when you enlarge the images before you print them you can even use them on a layout.

Supplies: Printable stamps: The Cutting Cafe Christmas Circles Set 2 Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: October Afternoon Good Sheer Buttons: Rusty Pickle Flower: Prima Marketing Tools: Sizzix Stars #2, Coluzzle Circle template, QuicKutze Nesting Flowers Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: waxed cord

Regina is generous and is offering to giveaway the Christmas Circles Set 2. And I'm going to giveaway this set of 6 gift tags. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. I'll randomly pick 2 winners on my birthday {wink}, Saturday November 14th. The first winner will get the Christmas Circles Set 2, and the second will get the set of gift tags. sure to check back on Saturday.

This morning my blog counter hit the 150,000 mark. Wow! What a milestone! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and leaving me such sweet comments.

Have a Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Congratulations, and CARDS November

A few weeks ago I participated in a Card Sketch Game on the Scrapdelight forum. 5 Girls in one group. The first one picks a sketch and makes a card based on the sketch. She sends a picture of the card to the second person and that person has to make a card based on her card without having seen the actual sketch. And so on... I was the second person, and here's my card that was scraplifted from the first card.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: October Afternoon Cherry Hill Rub-ons: Melissa Frances Button: Rusty Pickle Twine: Jillibean Soup Tools: Crealies Creative Flowers 3, Creative Shapes 1, sewing machine Ink: VersaColor Pinecone

Back in June two of my cards were picked up for publication in the November issue of CARDS. I haven't received a copy of the magazine yet, but since I have an online subscription I can already show you my cards in the magazine. I have cards and layouts published in Dutch magazines, but it is super cool to also have my work published in an American magazine.

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments. I really appreciate it.

Have a Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Merry & Bright

This week I finally had some time to play with the gorgeous templates that Regina Easter from The Cutting Cafe designed for the festive season. As soon as I saw the Mitten Shaped Card template I knew that would be the first template to play with. I think it is a real cute design, don't you think? The shaped card templates are one of my favorites. The circle sentiment is one of the printable stamps from the Circle Christmas set.

Supplies: Templates: The Cutting Cafe Mitten Shaped Card, Circle Christmas Printable Stamps Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: October Afternoon Good Sheer Ribbon: BoBunny Button: Rusty Pickle Tools: EK Success Circle Punch 1.5", EK Success Scalloped Circle Punch 2" Ink: VersaColor Pinecone Other: waxed cord, glitter cardstock

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Little One

One of my friends got a baby boy recently. Since we don't live close to each other we haven't seen their son yet. We will soon go to Friesland to visit them. For now I leave you with the baby card I made for them.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: October Afternoon Ducks in a Row Rub-ons: Melissa Frances Twill: local haberdashery Lace: M&J Trimming Button: Buttons Galore & More Stamps: Papertrey Ink Tools: Fiskars border punch, Sizzix Stars #2, sewing machine Ink: VersaMagic Other: waxed cord, chipboard, glitter cardstock

Tomorrow I'll have a lovely shaped card from The Cutting Cafe to show you.

Until then!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Be Inspired #56

It has been a few weeks since I made a project for Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot. Due to my trip to New York I missed two challenges. This week's challenge Be Inspired #56 is to create a Thanksgiving or Gratitude project. I chose to make a Thanksgiving card. I kept the design quite clean and simple, but I really like the simplicity of this card. Our Guest Designers are Teresa Collins and Jamie Harper. Teresa also sponsors this week's challenge. Hop on over to Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot to find out more about the details.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper, clear stamps, bean seeds: Jillibean Soup Pearl: Zva Creative Ribbon: local haberdashery Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder Ink: Versafine Onyx Black Other: foam tape

I'll be back tomorrow with a baby card. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Zva Creative Design Team Member

Wow.....what a great way to start November. Yesterday around midnight I received an e-mail from Kim Hughes telling me that I was chosen for the Zva Creative Design Team. Remember yesterday's card that took me a long time? I designed that one for the call and submitted it along with some of my other work. In honor of my new DT position I created another card with the gorgeous Zva Creative swirls today. Lighting is a bit poor, but the weather was quite bad today so I had no natural light to photograph my card. The Zva Creative products can be bought at Paper & Pictures.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Patterned paper: Scenic Route Garland Swirls, pearl: Zva Creative Button: Rusty Pickle Stamps: Papertrey Ink Tools: Sizzix Stars #2 die Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaColor Pinecone Other: waxed cord, chipboard, foamtape

The other Design Team members are:

Teri Anderson
Jana Eubank
Angelica Franssen
Lynn Ghahary
Hilde Janbroers
Lisa Johnson
Lynn Mercurio
Becky Olsen
Anabelle O'Malley
Lori Roop
Sherry Wright

Many familiar names and amazingly talented girls. I really look forward to working with Kim and the other girls.

Thank you for your sweet comments.