donderdag 30 juni 2011


I'm sorry to say this, but the tag for the month July
will be delayed. This because I have to do my DT assignments for
my kit got hold up in costums so I only have a few days to work with it.

I'm gonna reschedule my tag for this month at
July 10th.

I'm sorry if I let you girls down.

wishing you all a beautiful weekend.


zaterdag 25 juni 2011

Swirlydoos Presents - CHA workshops on Ustream!!!!

Yes, you read that right!!! Unbelievable!!
Now is your opportunity to attend one or both of these classes via Ustream in the comfort of your home, or scraprooom!!
Just click HERE to find out how to purchase you tickets and kits for the class.

Have a lovely weekend.

woensdag 15 juni 2011


I can finally share my exciting news:

As of July, I am a new DT member of SWIRLYDOOS
I had to keep this secret for quit some month's, when all I wanted to do is
I'm sooo looking forward to recieve my first kit and getting started!! I can't wait!
I wanna thank Krissy for asking me to join the already AMAZING team!!
The members of Swirlydoos gave me such a warm welcome, and I wanna thank them sincerly, for doing so.
ANd..... I'm not alone.... also a new DT member is:........... Maiko Kosugi A SUPER talented girl!!!!!

There are so many things going on at Swirlydoos, Challenges, tutorials and they just had an amazing scrapbook retreat, in a BEAUTIFUL scrapbook cottage in the Rocky Mountains. Can you believe it?!!!!

Well Krissy (the owner of Swirlydoos) has a lot more in store for her members. Look at this:

Today is the last day to get your early bid special price for the tickets! This workshop is coming up on 7/22 and will be at CHA in Rosemont. This is a chance of a lifetime to take a class with these two incredibly talented women.

So please head over to Swirlydoos and grab your seat while they are still available.

I wish I could... If it were only in my dreams. I live way to far and besides, they don't wanna miss me at home for so long. lol

I'm gonna wish you all a good night.


donderdag 2 juni 2011

June Tag

It has been a while since I posted on my blog. Let's just say that I've been Mia.
Not really... but my energy has been put in other things for the last couple of weeks. The school year is almost over here, and our youngest will be leaving her school. So we are very busy to find her that new school. It has to be a school where she will be in place and feels comfortable.
anyhow.... I didn't do much crafting these past weeks, but I wanted to do my monthly tag. so here we go:

Lets do some recycling!!!!!

my dear friend Tracey Jackson gave me this idea. She is having an ATC swap on her shop website, and I like the idea, so I thought I would do some recycling and creative thinking too.

supplies needed: Ranger craft tag - piece of cardboard or old box - exacto knife - Gesso - white and gold acrylic paint - Iridescent medium or glimmer mist - white Puffy Paint - spray bottle of water - ink blending tool - distress inks: Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Frayed Burlap - Archival ink Jet Black and Coffee - script stamp - postcard stamp (the word that is) - chipboard or grungboard hingie - pearls & beads - lace - flowers - bubblewrap - double sided tape - sandpaper - twine - heatgun - hot gluegun - aluminium foil.

cut a heart shape from cardboard or from an old box.
height and width about 3 inches.

cut out the inside like this.

Paint the heart with some Gesso, let it dry or heat set it.
spritz lightly with water, let it absorb a bit, for a minute or 5 then sand it.
It will come out something like this.
Set it aside for later use.

now we are going to make our own distressed background stamp, by cuttin a piece of
bubble wrap ( 2.5 x 4.5#)

Get the backside covered with double sided adhesive

stick it to your acrylic block.

Get a needle out and try to create your pattern, by piercing into the bubbles you don't want to show. Press the air completely out.

get a piece of aluminium foil and add a blob of white acrylic paint in the middle of your foil.

fold the aluminium foil double and spread the paint between the layers, using your hand.

open it up and get your, just made, bubblewrap stamp. Wiggle a little through your paint and stamp on your tag.

I stamped mine at the top right and bottom left. let it dry or heat set it. The paint will resist the colors ink, which will be add, later on.

take a script stamp and stamp randomly some text on your tag, using Archival inks.
(archival inks are permanent, and allows you to ink right over it.

It will look something like this.

add some Tattered Rose distress ink using your ink blending tool.
I really love this color distress ink cause it has this lovely creamy teint

then add another layer pink, I used Spun Sugar for this layer. You will start to see the resisting of the paint.

you can even add a little Worn Lipstick to your tag for extra color. ( I always like to work with 3 shades of a color-group) It makes the white paint stand out a little more. When you feel you have add enough color, take a damp cloth and wipe it over your tag. Make sure the cloth is NOT WET just damp.

To give your tag a shimmer finish you can either use Glimmer mist, but I like to use some watered down Iridescent medium. Just bring it on with a brush and heat set it.

Look at all that shimmer..... love it!!!

Add some Frayed Burlap to the left top of your tag. Distress and ink your edges.

stamp some images ( I used the postcards stamps from Tim Holtz) at the right top and bottom, using Archival ink.

something like this.

Add some Puffy Paint in the white stamped background to bring extra interest.
let it dry for half an hour and heatset it.

Take your cardboard heart and add some puffy paint to it. after you heat set it, you can add some gold metallic paint and some distress ink to make it a little more grungy.

Take your chipboard or grungeboard hingie and paint it by mixing gold acrylic paint and Iridescent medium.

you might need 2 layers. This is a hingie from 3TailsCraft

Take 2 medium size flowers or make your own like I did. (tutorial for these flowers can be found here)
Stamp your calender tag or print one out. Distress the edges.

Get all your embellies out and start building your tag.

I dressed up my hingie by glue-ing down a little rose and a iridescent bead.

You can, of course, give the rose a little inking.

glue your pearls to your heart embellie, using your hot glue gun.

Glue a flower to your cardboard heart and finish it of with some tiny leaves and wrapped around twine.

Take your stamped calender and glue it down together with your second flower, at the bottom left of your tag. Glue a scrap of lace across the bottom. And glue your cardboard heart to your tag.

Glue your hingie, a little overlapping, down to your tag using hot glue gun.
glue some beads down. I glued mine down using hot glue but glossy accents will do the trick also. Add a little lace at the top and your are finished.

Here are some detail pics:

I hope you like to give this tag a try. If you have any questions
feel free to ask.