Create Your Own Sunshine #187

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges #187.

Our lovely sponsor for Challenge 187, OddBallArt‘s image comes with both a happy face and a sad face.

I wanted to create a project where I could use both images.

I colored both images with my Derwent Inktense pencils and water. My images are 8,5cm x 14,5cm each. This project was originally designed for 10cm x 10cm photographs.

I started by cutting 4 pieces of cardstock at 11cm x 15cm.

Then marked 5,5cm on the 11cm side of the first two blocks.

Then I connected the marks to draw a pencil line down the center of the two blocks.

Along these lines, I marked 5,5cm again.

On one block, I cut a long slit up to the 5,5cm mark and on the other block a short slit up to the mark.

I then repeated the process on the remaining two blocks, but I marked 5,5cm on the 15cm side of the block, connected the marks, drew a line, marked 5,5cm in and cut both up to the 5,5cm point.

I cut my two dolls at 7cm from the top. And stuck the happy top to the first block. My image is 8,5cm wide, so the 4,25 point aligns with the 5,5cm marking on the cardstock. If you use a 10cm x 10cm photo – it will be a lot easier to align the center of the photograph with the mark. All the word sentiments I used also makes it more difficult for the card to turn, so I would advise you to only use the photographs.

I then stuck the happy bottom to the second block. My image is 8,5cm wide, so again the 4,25 point aligns with the 5,5cm marking on the cardstock.

I then repeated the same process with the pieces of the sad doll.

I slided the happy face and bottom pieces into each other.

Then I slided the sad face piece in with the sad face over the happy face, but the bottom part of the same piece between the happy face and the happy bottom pieces.

Lastly, I slided the sad bottom piece in with the picture in front at the bottom part, but at the top part, I slided the card behind both the sad and happy faces.

The happy pieces was landscape at this point and the sad pieces portrait.

The theme for this challenge was stitching. I stitched the landscape pieces together and the portrait pieces together. This did not work as perfectly as I had anticipated. I would rather recommend sticking it together with washi tape or stitching on a separate piece of paper and then using that paper as washi tape.

What I really love about this project is the fact that I could incorporate both the sad and the happy dolls. This card would be perfect for somebody that is feeling a bit down – to turn that frown upside down!

Scatter Sunshine Along the Way #186

This is my Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenge #186

I used the digital image, ‘Follow your dream’ from:

We would like to thank our wonderful Sponsors
Our Sponsor for Challenge 186 isAllDressedUp stamps

I roughly added bright colors to this beautiful image with Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, to give it kind of an arty feeling.

The word sentiment is from Penelope Dee Alyssia Paper – Cheerful: “Scatter sunshine along the way”. I can only imagine scattering rays of sunshine while floating in a hot air balloon…

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Heart Swing Card #167

What an honor to join the Blue Team at Simply Create Too Challenges.

My first Design Team Project for Simply Create Too is a Heart Swing Card. The theme is Hearts and this card really is jam packed with hearts!

I enjoyed making this card and I look forward to more projects for Simply Create Too Challenges.

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Blessed Beyond Measure #185

The theme for Challenge #185 on Scrapping4fun is “Friendship / Wedding / Valentine”.

I combined Friendship and Wedding with this layout of my make up artist friend, Vicky and I working behind the scenes on a wedding styled shoot and a video celebrating my 10 years as a photographer (video at the end of this post). The layout celebrates our special kind of friendship and captures how blessed I am to have her and talents in my life.

I used paper from Mintay’s “Lady” collection and the digi image – Make it Snappy – Friend Garden by our wonderful sponsor for Challenge 185, Bugaboo Stamps

I really enjoyed this Design Team Project for Scrapping4fun Challenges and I love how it looks in the end.

To enter this challenge, head over to

Challenge 185 – Wedding / Valentine / Friendship

  1. You can create a – Layout, Card, Canvas, Mini Album, Mixed Media, “Off the Page” Creations
  2. Only new creations from the 5th of February 2021 onwards
  3. Enter a direct link to your creations into the link tool, not only to the main page of your blog. This makes it easy for the Design Team to find your creations to leave comments.
  4. Add a link back to our Challenge blog in your post.
  5. You may enter a maximum of 3 cards and on the 4th entry, you are free to select anything but a card!
  6. Only entries from Blogger and WordPress!!!!(to enter Challenges)
  7. MUST BE A FOLLOWER!!!!!! (to enter Challenges)
  8. If your Challenge entries do not meet the above requirements your entry will be disqualified!

This Challenge ends on Thursday, the 18th February 2021, at 23:59 PM European Time.

The winner will be chosen by Random Org

I just have to share the video. How awesome is this?!

Until next time…

“White as snow” #259

Well, it took my until the 31st, but I started Bible Journaling in January 2021, like I wanted too!

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Isaiah 1:18

My Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge #259 is my first ever attempt at Bible Journaling!

I used the sponsored image by My Besties, “Magical Winter Wonderland Doll”

I colored it with Derwent Inktense in pencils. It was also my very first time using these pencils. They are so soft to use and a little bit of color goes such a long way, when you add a bit of water. My favorite technique is the one I used on the green leaves below, where I only outlined the leaves with the pencil and then added water to color the rest of the leaf.

This was normal printing paper – next time I might also use a bit of a thicker paper, so that the water don’t warp it as much.

After coloring and adding water, I added some glitter to the image.

I colored some of the words on the right hand side with the same techniques. For the rest of the Bible Journaling layout, I first added washi tape above and below the passage I wanted to highlight. Then I added some punched snow flakes and left over diamond dots to finish it off.

I might still have a long way to go with the finer Bible Journaling techniques, but it was such a precious experience and I am very pleased with the outcome. I really look forward to the next one.

Please visit The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog to enter Challenge #259

Splashy Mix January 2021

I am so happy to were selected for the Splashy Mix Challenges Design Team, as part of the brand new Paper Craft division!

This is the Splashy Mix Moodboard for January 2020:

For this challenge I used a photograph of my friend, Miché and I. In our original vacation plans, we were going to see each other. We already made plans to wear our similar red floral outfits for a picture. But our vacation plans got canceled due to COVID regulations. She still put on her outfit and took a selfie with enough space left open for me next to her. So I also took a picture and photoshopped the two together. She added the floral frame in an app. We have been friends for nine years now and we were both bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. Although we could not physically see each other, this is still a special memory. Thank you, Miché.

I drew my inspiration for the layout from the colors in the moodboard. I used the turquoise polka dots in the background and added some red polka dot paper as well. The quote: “Today I will Create Something New” defines the photograph we ‘created’ on New Year’s Day. I fussy cut flowers, berries and butterflies for the layout and finished the page off with buttons (also from the moodboard). I added the chipboard elements and quotes to capture the preciousness of the photograph and the friendship it represents. For a bit of bling, I mounted the photograph on silver glitter paper and added some diamantés.

I loved making this layout for Splashy Mix Challenges and I found the moodboard very inspiring. I hope you do too! Please enter the January Moodboard Challenge on the Blog:

Our generous sponsor for the Paper Craft Challenge for January is Downland Crafts. Downland Crafts is an online craft shop based in Ireland specializing in craft supplies for card making, paper crafting, jewellery making, beading, and pixelhobby art including our own range of clear photopolymer stamp. Please follow our sponsor on Facebook.

I am looking forward to the February layout.

“Make Today Matter” #183

What an honor to join Scrapping4funChallenges as a Design Team member! This is my first project on the team:

I used a printable image called “Holly Painted Love” from our lovely Sponsor, Polka Doodles. Please visit their website:

Find this specific image at:

This is such a beautiful image. I really love it. I colored the image digitally using Adobe Photoshop. I then printed the picture on photo paper and inked the edges with distress ink, before sticking it to a white card with double sided tape. I added red glitter glue to most of the red parts. Finally I added the title: “Make Today Matter” from a title page by Penelope Dee. I enjoyed making this card for Scrapping4funChallenges.

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“Where flowers bloom, so does hope” #176

I am so excited to join the Design Team at Through The Purple Haze Challenges! This is the challenge for January 2021:

I used paper from Stamperia’s Provence paper pack to make a card according to the color palette. I added elements from Penelope Dee’s title pages. I lifted the ‘polaroid flower’ image and the words: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope” with dimensional foam. I also used a purple border sticker on the front (and back) of the card. The clip on the top might look like a decorative item from the front, but it’s purpose will soon become clear.

I imagine giving this card to a friend having a hard time. A part of the inside card shows on the right and one can read the words: “To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow.” I can imagine the person receiving this card feeling a bit of hope at this point.

The inside of the card is full of fun surprises.

On the right, I used an digi stamp called “FLOWER BOUQUET GIRL” from the sponsor, Hetty Clare. The image is available on Etsy at:

I colored it digitally using Adobe Photoshop. I then printed the image on photo paper, inked the edges with distress. I stuck the image to the card with double sided tape and added a bow in the one corner.

On the left inside of the card, I added some more words from Penelope Dee: “The flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today.” My idea is to add a packet of flower seeds with the clip above these words on the inside of the card, so that the person receiving the card may plant them. Hopefully this will cheer her up.

The FLOWER BOUQUET GIRL thus represents the flowers (of tomorrow) the person receives!

I loved making this card and I look forward to more projects for Through the Purple Haze Challenges.

Please visit the Through the Purple Haze Challenges Blog to enter Challenge #176:

“Very Much Merry”

For my December Studio Tekturek Design Team project, I made my very first digital Christmas card!

I used Studio Tekturek’s Very Much Merry digital products and created the card by using both Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw.

This collection by Studio Tekturek has some definite Christmas vibes! It really gets you in a “Very Much Merry”-mood.

Peace & Joy to all.
From Hettie & Phillip

The Crafter’s Café Challenge #256

This is my December 1st 2020 Design Team Project for The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog.

I used the “Magical Mermaid Doll” digital stamp by My Besties. I am totally in love with the images at the My Besties Shop:

I colored it digitally, using Adobe Photoshop.

I then printed the image on photo paper and stuck it on a white card.

Lastly, I added the “For You” title.

The theme for this fortnight is “Anything Goes”! Head over to the challenge to enter: