Sunday, September 18, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Card

Hi hi,

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I'm relaxing, making cards and tidying up the house. No other plans, and I'm enjoying it! :-)

The color inspiration for this card came from the sky here in Holland one evening. It went from pink to this really nice blue-gray color.

I started by stamping the Butterfly Wallpaper and clear embossing it. Then I added Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Weathered Wood distress ink over it. The text stamped in Pumice Stone is from Cloud 9. A scrip stamp from Hero Arts is very high on my wish list... ;-)
I did the same with the sentiment, stamped the Envelope Pattern over it, matted with white and added it to the card with pop dots.

I also decorated the inside of this card and the envelope with the butterfly stamp from the Butterflies and Lace set.  Here's a picture of the inside.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! :-)

Love, Tone

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Birthday card

Hi all,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I certainly am! :-) It's been a while since my last post now. That's because I got a new job not so long ago and our social calendar has been packed. But this weekend we're just relaxing at home. :-)

Today I would like to share a card I made for my dad's birthday last month. I used lots of stamping, embossing and masking, because I wanted it to look like I had used different strips of patterned paper.

I started by masking off the three strips where I was going to do the embossing one by one, and colored them in with Distress Inks. Then I stamped the two images from Delicate Leaf Clusters in the spaces between. Lastly, I clear embossed the sentiment, colored with Distress Ink and adhered it to the card with pop dots.

I had lots of fun with all the stamping, and I'm very happy with the way it turned out! :-)

Stamps: Hero Arts S5216 Grid Pattern, CL477 Delicate Leaf Clusters, CL479 Dictionary Greeting, S5507 Envelope Pattern, CL340 Birthday Sayings
Ink: Versamark, Distress Ink Broken China, Faded Jeans Frayed Burlap, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Pop Dots

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Win some Hero Arts Stamps

I became a Member of Lily Pad Cards today! Go become a member for a chance to win a collection of Hero Arts stamps. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 15!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wedding card

This is my second post for today, please scroll down for the first! 

A colleague of mine got married this Friday, and I made this card for the happy couple.

This card is bigger than a standard size card. The background was created by stamping two stamps from the Speckled Ornaments set and the Envelope Pattern in Soft Sand ink. The edges are distressed with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. The sentiment is stamped in Vintage Photo. I stamped the Fabulous Flourish in VersaMark on the kraft card stock and white embossed. I stamped the Envelope Pattern on the kraft as well for some texture, as well as distressing the edges with Vintage Photo. I matted on a white piece of card stock to match the white embossing, tied a ribbon around and attached to the card with pop dots.
It took a very long time to make, but I'm very happy with how it turned out! :-)

Stamps: Hero Arts S5449 Fabulous Flourish, S5507 Envelope Pattern, CL401 Speckled Ornaments, CL342 Everyday Sayings
Ink: VersaMark, Hero Arts Soft Sand, Distress Ink Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
Card stock: Hero Arts Eggshell Layering Paper and Kraft
Other: Pop dots, White embossing powder, Pop dots

Get Well Soon

A friend of mine came to me and said: I've looked everywhere, but I can't find a card that I like. Could you make a card for me? Well, of course! :-) A friend of hers had hurt himself, so she wanted to send him a get well card. His favorite color is green, he's arty, an actor and he reads stories for kids. It took a while before everything fell into place, but this is what I came up with. My friend loved it. :-)

The background was created by stamping the Friend Definition and the Envelope Pattern in Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Then the Flourish Branch was clear embossed, and the text stamp from Mix and Match Elements white embossed. I also distressed the edges with Pumice Stone. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of paper, rounded two corners and attached with pop dots.

Stamps: Hero Arts CG125 Friend Definition, CL266 Mix and Match Elements, AR135 Flourish Branch, AR130 Handwritten Sentiments, S5507 Envelope Pattern
Ink: VersaMark, Versafine, Distress Ink Pumice Stone
Other: Corner rounder, Pop dots, Clear and white embossing powder

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a nice Sunday!

I participated in the Hero Arts 90 minute scramble yesterday, and the challenge was to use Distress Inks. It was super fun, and this is what I came up with.

Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar

Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord, Broken China,
 and Tumbled Glass

I first clear embossed the Classic Fabric Design before I added different colors of Distress Inks. Lastly, I stamped the Envelope Pattern over the whole design in one of the darker colors.

It was so much fun to see which new colors I created where the inks overlap each other.

Which one is your favorite? I can't make up my mind.. ;-)

Stamps: Hero Arts CG245 Classic Fabric Design, S5507 Envelope Pattern
Ink: Distress Inks
Other: Corner rounder

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter


I hope you all have had a very happy holiday, and that you are enjoying the last day of easter! :-)

Stamps: Hero Arts JS158 Happy Everything, Stampendous Retro Alphabet
Ink: VersaFine Smokey Gray, ColorBox Parchment
Other: Color pencils

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Birthday card

Hi everyone,

Just want to share a quick birthday card with you. I have quite a few border set, but have hardly used them, so I thought it was time.

I stamped the border three times on the left side of the card and then I added the sentiment. Done! :-) The card is very simple, but I still like. Great if you need a birthday card last minute.

Thank you for stopping by! :-)

Stamps: Hero Arts AR125 Fabulous Birthday, AR133 Festive Borders
Other: Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Versafine Smokey Gray

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baby card

Hi there,

When I'm making baby cards, I like to take inspiration from the announcement card. I thought it was so funny when we received this card (the right one), because I thought a lot of Hero Arts stamps were very similar to the images on it. So, I made the card on the left, and you can see a lot of similar flowers on the two cards. :-)

I also scanned and cut out the little heart with the name and lady bug and added it to the card with pop dots. I made a mistake when stamping the flower all the way to the right, so I stamped it again, cut it out and popped it up too. Since I now had two elements popped, I had to add one more, so one little heart is also popped up.

This card was a lot of fun to make with all the stamping, and I would probably not have made a card like this without the inspiration from the announcement card.

Stamps: Hero Arts CL160 Heart to Heart, CL311 Valentine Flourishes, AR118 Baby Girl, AR180 Floral Thanks, CL157 Many Hearts, Stampendous SSC1002 Dotty Daisy
Ink: Colorbox 
Other: Pop dots

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sympathy card


I made this sympathy card by first embossing the flower-frame image in silver. Then I stamped the Friend Definition on top, cut out the shape and adhered it on a light gray card. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with dark gray.

Here's a close-up of the popped up image.

Stamps: Hero Arts AR166 Silhouette Garden, CL342 Everyday Sayings, CG125 Friend Definition
Ink: Versamark, dark blue ink
Other: Silver and dark gray embossing powder, pop dots

Monday, March 21, 2011

Get Well Soon

Hi everyone,

My father-in-law has cancer, and he just had an operation to remove it. He's recovering and doing well. I made this card for him to wish him a speedy recovery.

On a dark blue card, I stamped the Large Flower three times in Versamark, rotating the image for every time I stamped it. Then I white embossed the flowers. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white paper, distressed the edges with the same ink and adhered it to the card with dimensional adhesive.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. :-)

My father-in-law liked the card very much, and he was very curious as to how I had made it. If I had made it on the computer and printed it out, or if I had to line up all the letters for the sentiment. ;-)

Stamps: Hero Arts CG134 Large Flower, CL342 Everyday Sayings
Ink: Versamark, Colorbox Blue Iris
Other: White embossing powder, Pop dots

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Good morning,

I hope you are doing well today!

This card was for my father-in-law who just turned 70. It's always a bit tricky to make cards for men, but leaves and green fits well, I think.

I started by stamping the leaves randomly on a pieces of green card stock with Versamarkand and clear embossed. The Friend Definition is stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink, with some of the ink removed in some places. The same ink is also around the edges. The green piece was then attached to a white card.
The sentiment is stamped on the same green card stock in Versamark and white embossed. The edges are distressed with Vintage Photo before I matted on white card stock and then attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Stamps: Hero Arts AR128 Hello with Flowers, CL151 Share Laughter, CL139 Birthday Messages, CG125 Friend Definition, Panduro
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Other: Clear and white embossing powder, Pop dots

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For everyone in Japan


Bad luck has struck Japan several times the last few days. I feel so bad for all the people left without a roof over their head. I've been thinking about the victims of the disaster ever since I heard the news. Because I can't make a card for each and every victim, this card sends out my thoughts and prayers for everyone in Japan.

I received the Good Fortune stamp set from Nicky yesterday, and I knew right away what I wanted to make with it. I stamped the girl in black ink and colored her in with colored pencils. Then I added the sentiment and the little dragonfly. Finally, I stamped the little flowers in light pink.

Stamps: Hero Arts CL373 Good Fortune, CL342 Everyday Sayings, CL115 Designer Butterflies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Smokey Gray, Light pink
Other: Coloursoft pencils

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thank you Nicky!

Look what came in the mail for me today! :-)

I won the giveaway that Nicky Hsu had on her blog! I'm so happy to receive these goodies! :-) The Fabulous Flourish has been on my wish list ever since I saw it for the first time, and I cannot wait to ink it up! The other stamps are amazing, too!

Thank you so much, Nicky!!!

Please visit Nicky's blog Craft~Coffee~Cat...   

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Hi everybody,

This is a birthday card I made for a dear friend of mine. I started by stamping the Heart Winged Butterfly in three different colors from the Rose Petals Queue and cut them out. The antennas were quite tricky to cut out, but I managed. :-) On a piece of white card stock trimmed to size, I stamped the sentiment with Versamrk and heat embossed with dark grey embossing powder. The ribbon provides a kind of border for the sentiment and "grounds" the bottom butterfly on the card. The ends of the ribbon are attached on the back of the card stock. Lastly, I placed the butterflies on the panel and put it on a white card.

The top butterfly is placed directly on the card, while the middle one is attached with a foam adhesive and the bottom one with an even thicker foam adhesive. 

I hope you like it! :-) 

Stamps: Hero Arts K5158 Heart Winged Butterfly, CL342 Everyday Sayings
Ink: Colorbox Chalk - Rose Petals, Versamark
Other: Zing Charcoal embossing powder, Pop dots, Ribbon

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two cards

Hi there,

Just sharing two cards I have made for my mother-in-law. We needed a quick card for mother's day, so this is what I came up with. It's a very simple design, but I still like it. The Heart Flourish is stamped in Memento Lilac Rosies ink on a kraft notecard, and the sentiment is from the Always Heart stamp set.

The second card is for her birthday. I started out with a card with a subtle pattern. Then I stamped the Flourish Branch twice in Colorbox Royal Silk ink. This is one of my favorite stamps, absolutely love it! I used the same ink to stamp the frame with the message on white card stock, cut it out and attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive.

Here's a close up of the popped up frame.

Stamps: Hero Arts K5153 Heart Flourish, CL163 Always Heart, AR135 Flourish Branch, CL130 Frames & Messages
Ink: Memento Lilac Posies, Memories Black, Colorbox Royal Silk
Other: Pop dots

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I ♥ You

Hi everyone,

I made this card for my boyfriend for our anniversary. His favorite color is red, and he absolutely loved the card. Our nickname for each other is "babybaby", hehe.. ;-) I love using many different stamp sets together on a card like on this one.

Stamps: Hero Arts CL265 Adorable Baby Girl, CL160 Heart to Heart, CL162 Love Flourish, CL163 Always Heart, LL076 Wavy Designer Borders

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's my birthday!

Hi everyone,

It's my 29th birthday today! :-) Only one year away from 30...

This birthday card is super quick and easy to make, and it's perfect if you need a card last minute. You'll be done in 5 minutes. And you can change the image and colors to fit the person you are giving it to.

Stamps: Hero Arts CG206 Little Stencil Flower, Hero Arts CL139 Birthday Messages
Ink: Memento Lila Posies, Memories Black
Other: Corner rounder