Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hat trick

There's a new challenge over at the Rick St.dennis Sparkle and Glitter blog, challenge theme is use a hat :-).

Here is my inspiration project for the challenge using Patti 1940 Hat digi by Rick St.dennis (there is a huge collection of hatladies in the Zibbet shop, check them out here ), I mad an ATC, the background is distress ink and Deco Art Media misters in blue and white. I used a Tim Holtz stampset too in the background.  The hatlady is colored using colored pencils, and I added rhinestones on her earrings and broche.

Hope you will join our challenge and have a look at the inspirations projects made by my teamies here

Monday, July 3, 2017

My turn at the sin city inspriration team blog, check out the step by step tutorial here
Supplies used: Greek statue from the Wing it stamp sheet
flower and flourish from the Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls sheet
Vintage cabinet card die big and small 
Deco Art americana acrylic in lamp  black,  Asphaltum, drift wood and pebble, Turquoise, true Red and  sour apple
Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Emperors Gold
waterproof black and blue stamp ink
masking paper
paint brush
palette knife

Saturday, July 1, 2017

S.I. Reunion

Hi all welcome to my bloggie for my part in the Smeared Ink Reunion bloghop, you can find the blogroll at the bottom of this post.

I love making scenes using rubberstamps and for this card I used 2 Smeared Ink sets (Haunting places 1  and 2 by Rick St.dennis) and mixed them with 2 stamps from Sin city sets (the skull and bones are from the Dribones set by Rick St.dennis, now for a special prize of 14.95 USD for limited time,  the Moon is from the Sunshine Cherub set) and the bats from de Stempelwinkel.

I wish the moon was a little more creepy but I still like how it turned out, what do you think?

 Isn't it great to see how well all those different stamps work together.
 The background is distress ink and the stamps are colored using Faber Castell polychromos pencils
 Here a closer look, this did not take much masking, so it was pretty easy to do, maybe I should do a video on how I make these scenes.
The embossed edges on the card got some Deco Art metallic lustre in burnished brass to get some shine. I jut like the effect the metallic lusstres have.

For the ones that have not been around my bloggie for a while, check out my right sidebar, you will find a link to the stamp set I designed for Sin City and a link to my You Tube channel (would very much appreciate if you subscribed there )

Have fun hopping and hope to see you again on my blog

Blog roll


Thursday, June 15, 2017


Today I show you how to make this alterd tin on the Sin City Insiration blog here

supplies used:
Altoid Tin
Yellow and white cardstock
Deco Art media fluid acrylic in Dialide yellow and Pyrole Red
Red and black stamp ink
Letter beads spelling the word circus
2 wooden bobbin
Rhinestones in Red and Yellow
colored pencils
acryilc block
scalloped edge punch

Thursday, June 1, 2017

today i show you how to make this Get well card on the Sin City Inspiration blog here

Supplies used:
Sin city stamps :

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

where the wind takes you

I am showing how to make this page on the SinCity Inspiration team blog today, here

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps sheets:
Water based ink sprays in purple and blue
Decoart ameicana acrylic paint in traditonal burnt umber and lamp black
Deco Art Dazzling Metallic paint in venetian gold
Water Spray bottle
Inktense pencils
White thread
Circle stencil
Archival in in jet black
Faber Castell pitt pen in black

assemblage heart frame

I made this shadow box using a home made clay heart and an cheap frame, You can see how to make this in my start to finsih video tutorial here

Deco Art Products used:

Metallic lustres in Iced Espresso, Burnished Brass, Gold Rush
Americana Decor Chalky finish in: Legacy, Vintage, Romance and Whisper
Americana acrylic in lamp black
Deco Art Media Gesso in black, Crackle glaze, Ultra matte varnish
Americana Decor Crackle medium

I also have a video how to use sillicone molds and air dry clay (what I used for the heart too) here

here some more pictus of the frame

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Blog hop and new Challenge at Sparkle and Glitter

Hi all welcome to my blog, hope you are enjoying the hop and will participate in the challenge at Sparkle and Glitter blog .

The hop and faebook party  and hop will start at 9 am USA time and 4 pm UK time, there is a special disount code for Rick's zibbet shop, THE CODE YOU NEED TO ENTER AT CHECKOUT IS Sparkle2017launch  that gives you -25% off across the shoppe
So check out the facebook group here to jpin the party and win prizes and enjoy the hop.

Theme of this hop is use your favorite  Rick St. dennis digi, now that was a bit of a problem because I like them all....

For the ones that really want to know my favorite images check out the coloring book that has them all in it here (there is a real book too at Amazon ).  For Sparkle and Glitter I thought a more cute image would be more appropriate and I decided to go for Debbie singing in the rain . i used her in my handmade journal (see how to make this journal out of envelopes on my you tube channel, link in the side bar).

 Here she is.....

The quote is by Marilyn Monroe and the doodles she stands on and the flower are drawn by me, if you like my doodles in rubber stamps check out Sin City stamps, they have a sheet of rubber stamps designed by me

 The digi was coloured using pencils, how the background is made you can see in the video and the sentiment was written using a stencil
see below all links to the rest of the blogs in this hop, please visit them all and find all letters and try to find the word so you can win the prize.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment.

Friday, May 12, 2017

some see a weed....dt card for Sin City sramps

Sin City Stamps used:
from the Art journalling set    the sequin waste stamp
the Flourish stamp
The Dandelion and the sentiment come from the Dandelion Wishes sheet
Watercolor paper
Water spray bottle
several colors of stamping ink
acrylic paint misters in Yellow and Magenta
foam tape
Embossed card base (in black)

Details and step by step on the Sin City Inspiration blog here

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Easy to make Mothers day gift

Today I have a easy and quick DIY gift idea for you (also fun to make with kids, and easy to adjust to Christmas or Halloween or any other occassion)

Supplies used:
 Digi stamp 1929 Hat  by Rick St.dennis
Deco Art Decou page Napkin, Decou page Crystal Glitter.
Deco Art Glamour Dust Celebration Pink Glitter Paint
Pink candle
Small beads in pink and lavender
Glass Votive holder

Step 1: Colour the digital image and cut it out, adhere the image to the votive holder using Deco pauge napkin and let dry.

Step 2:  Add a layer of Decoupage Crystal glitter over the entire surface of the votive holder, I added 2 layers, make sure to let it dry before adding the second layer. This gives the votive holder a frosted look. The Glitter doesn't show very well in the picture but it looks very nice in real life.

Step 3: add Celebration Pink glitter paint on the edge of the votive holder and let dry.

Step 4: poor the beads in the votive holder and put the candle in, also see picture below

And that's it, now you only need to gift wrap it is a nice way and your little gifty is ready.

Here some more pictures

This idea can also be used for all kinds of others themes, use different colours and a Christmas or Halloween themed digi and voila, you have some nice decoration or gift.

Some exciting news too, the challenges will start again at Rick's Sparkle and Glitter blog, first challenge starts may 13, and we are kicking off with a blog hop so go check the link here and follow the blog so you won't miss anything (there are prizes to be won)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sin City blog Hop in honor of National Crafting month

supplies used:
Deco Art Products: Decou Page and Americana Acrylics in Colonial Green and Moon yellow
In honor of National Crafting month in May, Sin City Stamps is hosting a (open to the public) blog hop showcasing Arts and Crafts made with Sin City Stamps.
Created by our Inspiration Team Members and friends from our Fan Club!
The premise is to share the love Sin City Stamps, to meet new people, and inspire others!
The hop will begin on May 3rd 2017 and end on May 9th 2017.
Giveaways for the hop will include assorted crafting supplies for you to have fun with!
To be eligible to win, please visit all the blogs participating, then comment on the Sin City Blog and let them know about some of your favorite projects!
Have fun hopping!
Here is some closer looks on my project for the hop, a fun tag using the Cat stamp set by Rick St.dennis

I have used the Tim Holz die to cut the tag and painted it Colonial Green, next used the Brick stamp from the Art Jounaling stamp set to create a background. The cat was stamped on printer paper and colored using pencils, cut out and decoupaged onto the tag, The sentiment is stamped using Moon Yellow Americana paint

BTW Sin City now has a stamp set designed by me :-) it's called Yikes Wild flower and here are some samples I made

I know, shameless selfpromotion...but hey this is just sooo exciting
Ok in hounour of National Crafting Month I have a little give away, To be eligible to win, please visit all the blogs participating, then comment on the Sin City Blog and let them know about some of your favorite projects! It would be nice it you follow my blog too and leave a comment here, it will give you a bigger chance to win my give away ;-)

My prize is a set of 5 stencils and a handmade tag using Sin City stamps

Monday, May 1, 2017

MMM inspiration by Tracy Weinzapfel

Hi all, here a quick post showing an art journal imspired by Mixed Media Monday by Tracy Weinzapfel.  I saw the canvas with the houses and just had to try one of my own

 Deco Art Products used: Media Fluid acrylics in :  Cobalt Teal Hue, Titanium White, Hansa Yellow, Quin Magenta, Pyrole Orange,Dioxazine purple.
Gesso, Matte Medium.  Andy Skinner stencil "Half Tone"

First I gessoed the pages and cut out the house shapes, using old dictioary paper.
Painted the background using Hansa Yellow, Quin Magenta, Pyrole Orange,Dioxazine purple.
Used the stecnil in the background. Painted the housed and adhered them to the page using Matte Medium.
See Tracy's MMM here

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Assemblage art, altered frame

I made this shadow box, today and made a video about the process,  see link at the end of this post.

It's so hard to take a good picture because of the reflections in the glass, but I hope you get the idea.

Supply list

Deco Art Products
Media Fluid acrylics in: Prussian Blue, Titan Buff, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Tranparent Iron Oxide, Cobalt Teal Hue. Texture sand, Gesso, 
Metallic lustre in Copper kettle
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Sooth, Peacock, Walnut Stain, Vintage pjoto

The wings are made using air dry clay and a silicone mold, see how to video here 
ou also need a (plastic) photoframe, some patterned paper, a plastic skelleton and somekind of embellishment that can be used as head

Here some more pictures

Sorry I really tried to get better pictures but there kept being a reflection no matter what angle I used....sigh.

as promised here the video

I will enter the following challenges

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Day of the Dead Tryptich

My turn at the Sin City blog go here for a step by step tutorial and more pics


Sin City stamps Sugar Skull Floral Flourish and Praying kneeling skeleton
flower flourish from the Day of the dead sugar Skull sheet

Die Artfull Dwellings, but these shapes are also easy to handcut
Black ribbon
Deco Art Media fluid acrylics in  blue, quinacridone gold , red, dark grey, yellow iron oxide.
Deco Art Media Antiquing cream in white
Deco Art Matte Varnish
Chipboard (I used the back of a paperpad)
Black waterproof stamp ink
Arylic block
Unmounted rubber stamp  about the same size as the kneeling skeleton stamp

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Deco Art Products used: Americana acrylics in: Moon Yellow, Jack O lantern orange, Butterscotch, Sable Brown, Asphaltum, Traditional burnt Sienna, Blue Chiffon, Snow White, Lamp Black.
Americana Metallic Gold , Dazzling Metallics in Medieval Gold, Venetian Gold, Champagne Gold
Deco Art Media: white gesso and matte varnish
Stencils for background by Nellie Snellen (Dots) and Dutch Doobadoo (fabric)
Letters: Cricut Expression with Base Camp Cartridge

I love Dodos, they are not the most beautiful birds (they are rather ugly to be honest), so that is not the reason, it's the bit of mystery that come with the Dodo.

There are paintings and skeletons but the painting were rarely painted with a life bird as a model and that is why there are so many different shapes when you look at Dodos in paintings. Because I am just starting at acrylic painting, the bird seemed a good subject to practise on, afteral no one really knows what it looked like so that helps if you are just starting out lol.

First I collected all kind of Dodo images on pinterest to see how they were drawn and painted and looked at some skeletons. Next I picked a painting of a Dodo that I liked the most.

So here my reference image, a painting by Jan Savery (1651), I made a screenshot on my phone and used that as an example, I had no intention of copying the painting but I do need a reference so...

Ok if you compare them you will see a big difference but as I said I don't have much experience in acrylic painting and I am very happy how it turned out.  I have taken pictures while I was painting so will show those here for you to see how I did it.

I did not paint on a canvas, maybe I should have but I had no idea how it would turn out and that is why I used my Art Journal, the big Dylusions creative journal. It's less scary as using a canvas and seems less of a waste to practice on paper. Other reason to work in a journal is I like the size and I love having a collection of paintings you can flip through in a book.

First step was painting the page Moon Yellow , I did not gesso the page , just added a layer of yellow.
Next I sketched the bird using a charcoal pencil, just the shape is enough.
Step 2 Gesso the bird to create a white surface and cover the lines of th charcoal as it will smudge in the paint. The lines will still show throw the Gesso but they won't smudge anymore.

Step 3: the challenge begun.....started with the beak and the head and did not think about how I had to paint the rest yet. I used lamp black paint and a small paint brush to kinda map in the details and shade of the beak and face.
Step 4: giving myself some directions where the shades and highlights would be using black and chiffon blue. And trying to find a color to use for the head and body. I tried Drift wood first which is the greyish color and did not like it so swithed to saddle brown.

step 5  practising how to get a feathered look and dabbing with a very little paint seemed to work best to get the small feathers on the head and body

Step 6: working in the small feathers using different shades of brown and finish the face/beak. 
The shades are a mix of  Asphaltum with a little black. the highlights are chiffon blue .

Step 7: the wings have bigger feathers a bit like a chicken yellow ish with brown and black. 

When I thought the Dodo was ready I started the background and sponged Jack O lantern orange over the yellow.

Step 8: I wanted to do a bit of a Klimt like background so used different golds and white and stencils to create patterns. the circles a stamped using different sizes of round items, a glass, lids  anything that wold fit inside the bigger circle to work to the small center .
I used masks made out of copier paper to cover the circles and the bird .
I added some layers of matte varnish for protection

I thought the left corner below needed something more so used my Cricut to cut out the word Extinct out of polka dot paper.

Here it is, my take on a Dodo, I am happy with the result :-)