Monday, March 31, 2014

it's monday

it's roc here, so it must be monday.  here is a little altered envelope love.  i can't seem to make enough of these.  i've used my learning to fly stamp.  hope you are flying to new heights this year!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Happy sunny Sunday!! Cause it's gorgeous weather here in The Netherlands. Hopefully you are also enjoying some lovely Spring weather, wherever you are :-D
This week I made an art journal page again with my Gelli Plate. I stamped Roc's Angel on the page, paper pierced her and colored her with Distress Markers.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Coby's Saturday.

In the Netherlands, where I live, is it spring. This weekend it's
wonderfull weather: lot of Sun.

For today I pimped something that I got at
Christmas with a candle and flowers.
The candle is burnt and the flowers are dead.

So time to pimp the wooden tray:

Thanx for passing by and I would like to read what you think about this project.

Used stamps: Spidergrass, Birdy Up, Keep Calm.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Papillon tag

I ReaLLY enjoyed making this tag :)  There's a bit more information about how I made it over on my blog 'The Art of Moodling'.

Stampotique stamps used:
Papillon script by Jo Capper-Sandon
Large Butterfly by Jo Capper-Sandon
Row of Numbers by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Time Square by Amy Wilson Wellenstein

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vintage theme

I thought I would join in on France Papillon's vintage theme this week at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This image of my husband's mother Leah featured in the stamp Summer of 32 really fits this request to go vintage.

I really enjoyed creating this faux vintage piece with teabag stained muslin.  This pin cushion is filled with rice and will hang in my sewing room on my grandmother's oak Hoosier.  My mother passed two years ago yesterday and had used grandmother's Hoosier as her sewing station.  Now it's become mine.  It was very therapeutic to celebrate and honor my and my husband's mother this week. The buttons used in this piece were from my mother's collection.

For more info on my pin cushion follow me to


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vintage - Wednesday's With Claudine

Wow, what a week it's been so far, we are knee deep into Spring Break!! WOOHOO!! My daughter turns 16 on the 30th and we are thrilled. What a beautiful young lady she is becoming.

For this week's challenge over at the Stampotique's Designers Challenge Blog our hostess is France Papillon and she has challenged us to do something Vintage looking.

This was a toughie for me, Vintage is not my forte' and I'm not so good at it. I love the challenge though and always try and look at something straight in the eye and just GO FOR IT!!

I used the Stampotique Stamp

Topknot - By Artist Daniel Torrente

I made a background with patterned paper, math problems and spread gesso and then sprayed with Color Wash and also did some stenciling

I created the flowers with the Big Shot and some Tim Holtz dies and just added lace and buttons and other bits and bobs here and there

I hope you've gotten a little bit inspired for this week's challenge. Have fun and thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday with Val and Scrap Cleanup

Happy Tuesday!
Today I'm using up a scrap left over from last week's project.
I love keeping a photo album of handmade background papers for use in later projects.
It's easy to flip through it and find the perfect background!
How do you store your scraps?
Thanks so much for dropping by,
Val :)
Stamps by Stampotique:
Queen of Life, Clothes Text
“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.” 
Mary Higgins Clark

Monday, March 24, 2014

it's monday

roc here.'s monday again.  today i made an altered envelope - one of my most favorite things to do.  they just make for a happy mail day for someone.  i used a few of my rubber stamps to create this.  a few obvious ones are the stacked love stamp and the flying heart stamp.  there is one stamp, however, that i used in a most unusual fashion. 

hop over to my blog and tell me what it is and you can have a chance to win this envelope.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Hello you!! Today I have something different, a little monster box. I saw the amazing Kate Crane using a little matchbox and wanted to try this too. It was a fun little project, but it was also a real challenge to work so small. I used an ordinary matchbox from the grocery store and made a little wrapper for it. Used my Dylusions sprayinks and a lot of Kira's lovely monsters.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Coby's Saturday

This week I played with stamps, a glossy, ink and

I created something total different with a
few stamps of Stampotique
and a beautiful dress.

Love to do this, searching what to use
and what not!

Hope you like it!

Used stamps of Stampotique: 

Friday, March 21, 2014

happy happy happy happy happy

Yesterday was International Happiness Day so I decided to theme this week's projects around happiness.  I've put a different project over on my blog.  Stamping and playing with paint AlwAys makes me happy!!

A while ago I made up a collection of cards and tags using scrap background paper from my table and decided to use these for my backgrounds.

Thanks for coming by, that makes me happy too!!!

Sarah :)

Stampotique stamps used:
Happy happy 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Batch birthday cards

Is there a particular month where there seem to be an abundance of birthdays?  We have a group that seems to have many celebrations in one month.  This is a perfect time to stamp some variations for an array of cards.  Since you are working with like images and materials you can create a birthday batch of cards in a sitting!

I began with my Stampotique birthday cube with candle. These little cards measure 4"x 3.5".  A 2" x 2"  square of white cardstock is centered in the upper portion of pastel cardstock.  Scrapbook paper is added to close the area under the square.  More info and how I presented these to the birthday gals and guys can be found at

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Masculine Postcard - Wednesday's With Claudine

Happy Wednesday everyone! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with me, I'm thrilled that you are here!!

For my postcard I had the new Challenge in mind
Be sure to check it out at the Challenge Blog

Our Most talented R. Maria Sabina has challenged us to do something Masculine and
this is toughie for a lot of people, masculine isn't easy so make sure to take a look at all the wonderful inspiration that our design team has provided

For my project I created a postcard and I had a great time with this theme!!

I used only one Stampotique stamp this week - (love this guy!)

Are My Pants Too Tight - By Daniel Torrent

if you would like more information on how this was created, please stop by my blog -

Take care and have a wonderful week!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday with Val and Watercolor Techniques

Hi everyone!
It's terribly cold here today so I have been daydreaming about summer.
This gorgeous little stamp takes me back to the beach with my brother when I was young.
This quick little watercolor technique suits this image perfectly.
Thank you so much for visiting!
Val :)
To achieve this look:
  1. Pounce three distress inks beside each other onto your craft mat and spritz them with water. Here I have used Squeezed Lemonade, Evergreen Bough and Broken China.
  2. Push a nice multimedia paper or watercolor paper into the wet ink and twist or move gently to get good coverage and nice blending.  (If the color is too dark, spritz with more water.  If the color is too light, dry the craft mat and repeat with less water.)  
  3. Dry the image with a heat gun.
  4. Stamp image with Versafine Onyx Black ink (or other insoluble ink).
  5. Heat set the image with a heat gun.
  6. Using a small watercolor brush, brush a bit of water into areas you wish to lighten and dab those areas with an absorbent towel to remove a bit of color. Here I have done the shirts and the hat.
  7. Heat the image one last time to dry the lightened areas. They will lighten a bit more when dry.

“A second wave collapsed over my feet, lipped with white froth, and the chill gripped my ankles with a mortal ache.” 
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Monday, March 17, 2014

it's monday again

it's roc here, so it's that time once again - monday! i have made an altered envelope to give away.  details for the give away are on my blog.
to make the envelope i used quite a number of my rubber stamps.  they are:  artiste block, flying heart, stacked boxes and scooter girl
i was really pleased how using the bottom of the flying heart made a pennant-like border on the top of the envelope.  i'll be using that again in the future.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Hello you! Did you enjoyed this weeks weather? Here in the Netherlands we had some pretty awesome Spring days :-D So this week I have a simple card for you with the lovely Carrot. I also used My Favorite Things Die-Namics and colored my papers with Dylusions.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Coby's Saturday.

This week a got a reaction from Kay Wallace, it's snowing again
where she lives. Snow? We haven't seen it this year in the
Netherlands and last week it was spring.
Garden chairs outside and faces to the sun!
Love it, no winterjacks, sitting on a terras
at the ZOO! That's why I had to use this stamp.

This time on the backside of a Gelliprint.
Is was so busy to make a Gelliprint that I didn't
noticed that on the backside the brayer made
a beautiful background.
Happy accident!

Used stamp: Nature Tiles

Friday, March 14, 2014

a little bit of art journaling

This is my new art journal ...

... it's tiny!  

There's some more info about it over on my blog.  Thanks for visiting!!


Stampotique stamps used:
Cockatoo Screech by Kylie DiOrio
Banner by France Papillon

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Story behind the stamp, with a touch of green

Kristen is hosting over at the Stampotique Designer's blog.  The SDC138 challenge she has set for us uses green.  How could I resist as green seems to always be in my go-to palette? 

Stamps used in this card are:
Lissi  and Happy Birthday.

I upcycled and stitched waste paper from my crafting surface.  Cropping the paint marks made for an interesting background. I added some homemade washi tape and stamped the two images with black Staz On.  I machine stitched without thread to create a pierced border.  

If you'd like to learn the story behind the stamp please follow me to Vera Lane Studio.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Going Green - Wednesdays With Claudine

Hello all and welcome to another Wednesday inspirational post with me. I'm so happy that you have stopped by. 
This week the wonderful Kristen Catalano has challenged us to use the color Green as our primary color in your project. 
I love the color green so this was a fun challenge for me. I decided to do two cards for this challenge because I need to replenish my card stash, It's getting quite low.
For these cards I used the Stampotique Stamp

Stella by artist Jo Capper-Sandon

I just love Stella, she is so sweet and serene sitting there.

I hope you have gotten a little bit of inspiration from my card, please be sure to hop over to the Designer's Challenge Blog and check out all the lovely creations by the design team.
As always for more info on how these were created, hop over to my blog:


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a Paris Card

Hi everyone!
Today I have a little note card to share with you!
This project makes use of several stamps as well as a
Prima paper freebie from the centrefold of an old magazine.
I don't know about you, but I always find it difficult cutting double-sided paper
even though I do love how the colors match so well!
Thank you for stopping by!
Val :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Quasimoto 5, Eiffel Tower, Love, Paris Postcard
To achieve this look, cut out the pre-printed centre piece and mount it onto the background mat made from the opposite side of the page.  Mask off the flowers and stamp the Paris postcard across the centre.  Stamp the Eiffel Tower on coordinating paper, cut it out and mount it onto the front of the card.  Stamp Quasimoto onto coordinating paper, color with Copic markers and mount onto the Eiffel Tower.  Finish off the card with the Love stamp in the corner.

“Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.” 
Henry van Dyke

Monday, March 10, 2014

stampotique design time

hello. it's roc here.  i guess that means it's monday! i've made an altered envelope for you today.  i used my rubber stamp art lives here and attached it to the front porch post.

if you'd like to enter the my give away for this envelope, hop on over to my blog for more information.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

I'm not really in my flow at the moment... so this art journal page is a gentle push for myself to do something about it ;-) I used my Gelli Plate for this one.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Coby's Saturday

This week I was reading in the Craft Stamper.
Love the ideas they gif us every time.
I was reading an article about playing with Distress Paint.
Put some on your Craftsheet, spray water on it.
Sweep your paper through it and look what you got.
I got this background, perfect for an ATC.
I colored the flower all black and stamped a
part of a text stamp.

Used stamps: Spidergrass and one person's weed

Friday, March 7, 2014

just b u

When I saw that Roc, Val and Janet had all used Roc Nicholas's just be u image I thought it might be fun to use it too, and continue demonstrating how versatile just one stamp can be!


I sprayed a scrapling with Dylusions inks then stamped Daniel's hearts in the background before adding just be u in black ink.  I then stamped this again on some book paper, cut out the larger letters and added them to the scrapling.

I used Val's idea of blocking in the shadow and if you look carefully, you can see some added sparkle on the letters ( I used metallic gold thread in my sewing machine).  The little bird was paper pieced from some scrap painted paper.

Stamps used:
Daniel's hearts by Daniel Torrente
Just be u by Roc Nicholas

Thanks to my fellow teamies for the inspiration for my project this week, and for the lovely, kind comments you've been leaving

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Five minute card

This past week has been a whirlwind and I've had precious little time in my studio.

Here is a fast and simple card that was stamped, colored, layered, and stitched in about five minutes.
I used Maria Sabina Raita's enjoy today quote and the sweet little bird is trimmed from Roc Nicholas's just be u image. 
Sometimes when we don't have time, a little something something is all we need for that quick creative fix.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Texture and More Texture - Wednesday with Claudine

Hello everyone and welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday!!! It's Hump Day!!

I encourage you to hop on over to the  Designer's Challenge and check out this week's challenge

The challenge was chosen by our wonderful and talented Kay Wallace - She has asked us to use some Texture in our background 

I am SO excited about this challenge because I just love, love, love texture and I love using all kinds of texture in my projects
So thank you Kay for the great challenge!!!

I did an art journal page this week for my project and have used the following Stampotique Stamps
Mela - By Daniel Torrente
Topknot - By Daniel Torrente
Prom Queen - By Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney
Blocks - By Maryse Carrier

There is a lot of texture on my page, first I used gesso through a stencil

Then I used modeling paste on top of sprays

This was my outcome 

I had a great time creating this page and I just love the texture coming through
Thanks again for stopping by and for more details on my page please visit my website

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday with Val and a Postcard

Happy Tuesday!
Today I have a postcard to share.
It features stamps designed by Roc Nicholas
(as well as a few in the background that are harder to see in this pic).
Is that bird playing a dangerous game of hide and seek?
Thanks for stopping by!
Val :)
Stamps by Stampotique Originals:
Feline, Just Be U, Heart Vine, Scalloped Lace Border,
Jo's Flower Block, Vintage Script, Vintage Postcard
The background has been created with vibrant colors of Dylusions sprays.  Feline has been stamped on patterned paper and plain paper.  The colorful parts of the cat have been colored with Copics on the plain image and then cut out and applied to the patterned paper cat.  Just Be U has ben stamped on other papers made with Dylusions sprays and then cut out and applied to the background with Feline above it.  The border has been stamped on patterned paper, painted with white acrylic paint, cut out and applied to the edge of the card.  The word Just and the Heart Vine have been stamped directly on the background and colored with Copic markers.  Unseen background stamps have been stamped on the background paper with Versamark ink and brushed over with Perfect Pearls to make them shimmer in the light (pretty in person).  Faux stitches have been drawn around the edge to provide a border and finish off the piece.

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.” 
Pam Brown

Monday, March 3, 2014

roc's monday blog post

i'm back, so it must be monday.  today i have a journal page i did for you.  i used my just be u rubber stamp and the scalloped lace border.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Astrid on Sunday

Happy Sunday! This week I have an art journal page for you. I love it quick and dirty and so this mop-up technique is perfect for me. I sprayed some Vibrant Turquoise and Lemon Zest Dylusions on my craft sheet, sprayed some water on it and put my paper in it. Love the look of this. And is this quote stamp not awesome and so true!!

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by!

Much Love

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Coby's Saturday.

Saturday again and the first of March:
Birthday Calendar!
For this card I used my Dylusions spray inks.
It's so messy but the results are mostly so wonderful
and have you seen the new colors....
I also wanted to use Dorothy and Toto, love them!
On Internet I search for a quote and of course
I used the month stamp.

Hope you like the page.

Used stamps: Dorothy, Toto, Months.