BuJo: Cards Sent

This year I picked up my habit of bullet journaling again! I don’t use it as a planner, but more as a daily-, weekly-, and monthly tracker for a bunch of things. My health, my symptoms, line a day diary, daily good things, books I plan to read this year, what witchy things I do during the month, etc. etc. I’m keeping it a bit lighter this time, not putting too much pressure on myself to keep it going. So here is the first page I want to share with you! A page to keep track of which handmade cards I sent out during the year. The adorable little mailbox I drew using LawnFawn’s You’ve Got Mail as a base. I think it turned out super cute and I can’t wait to see it fill up more and more during the year.

To my BuJo’ers out there, what is your favourite tracker?

a Card for Imbolc

Last monday was Imbolc, the pagan holiday which celebrates the start of spring. A symbol for Imbolc are snowdrops, which are also my favourite flowers! So, because I finally wanted an excuse to use this stamp, and I wanted some freedom in playing around, I made this Imbolc card. A soft lilac cardstock base with layers of white plain card stock, green mulberry paper, and plain card stock again. I used distress oxides to create the background and stamped my snowdrop over it. With white pencil I coloured the “drop” part of the snowdrop. I cut out the letters and added a layer of nuvo aqua shimmer to both the letters and my snowdrop.

I love how soft this card turned out. This is the first time I made a greeting card for a pagan holiday, but I quite enjoyed it, so it might just have to become a new tradition!

Pastel Birthday Card

For Christmas my mother gave me these adorable stamps! I love them so much. So when her birthday came around, I wanted to do something with her stamps, of course. I really love the stitched hearts in the background, it was my first time working with them. The soft and pastel pink is a bit different than my normal style, but it was fun to play around with. And, more importantly, my mom loved it!

I loved the colour combo’s so much that I stamped the images on label paper, coloured them, and then used the matching dies to cut them out. So now I have adorable pastel stickers for my bullet journal!

A Coffee explosion

I had so much fun making the exploding box fall card, that I decided to experiment and take it to the next level. I made another exploding box, this time coffee themed.

My friend Judith always makes the most elaborate and beautiful cards for me (like this insanely awesome unicorn rainbow cake card she made for my birthday). I’d not made a single card for about three years, so I figured it was time to make something for her… just because. She is a total coffee addict and collects all things coffee, so there was only one theme I could pick, really. I loved experimenting with the “floating” coffeebeans and cups, it was a lot of fun to make. I’m happy to tell you that she loved it!

Black Birthday Booklet!

November was ever creeping closer, which meant that the birthday of my friend Chantal was nearly here. She is the one person I will ALWAYS make a card for and I always go all out. Even if I haven’t crafted all year, she will get something handmade. So this year I went a little crazy (again) by creating a bunch of small cards and binding them together like a little booklet.

First, the cover! A frame diecut, cut in half and glued together for sturdyness. With a cute “happy birthday” that I stamped and embossed.

The first pages! I love the stamp and I actually use more of those quotes for her on other cards. It’s a birthday, so of course it needed a cupcake, but in very VERY bright colours.

She has two cats, so of course they couldn’t be left out. I stamped them and coloured them in the colours of her cats. And, like me, she is a writer and a fountain pen fanatic, so these dies are perfect! The frame is the same as the cover, now used whole.

Pretty galaxy paper, which I know she loves. The moonphases are stamped and embossed with glow in the dark embossing powder! It was the first time using it, so I did not know it would dry transparent… oops. Luckily I could lightly colour over it with white pencil. And lastly, a lunar moth with a moon!

On the back I put a piece of purple coloured paper and wrote the birthday message on there. I loved making this, it was a lot of fun to think of “pairs” of cards that would both work together and be meaningful. Now of course the question already starts to brew: what to do for next year?

Happy Halloween!

A happy halloween and/or Samha’in to everyone who celebrates it! I quickly wanted to share with you all the card I made for my friend. It was a great excuse to finally use those halloween papers and witchy hat stamps.

And a sneaky peak into the inside of the card!

A ghost heart! It was a lot of fun to make and I loved how the colours came out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, and remember: stay spooky!

Fall fun and a Spoonie blessing

In my post about the Autumn Equinox I showed the lovely card that my friend Chantal made me to celebrate the start of Fall (both our favourite season!) Of course she inspired me, and I just had to make one for her as well. A week or so late, but luckily Fall can be celebrated for a while yet!

I made this lovely box for her. It folds up into a square card that fits into an envelope, and when you take it out it bounces back into it’s box form. It was my first time using it and I am absolutely in love! The possibilities are really endless.

For her it is also the start of a big home renovation, with a new living room and kitchen. It’s a stressful few weeks, so I wanted to add something both as a bit of a pick-me-up, and as something for the new kitchen. They collect fridge magnets, and are planning to install a metal plate in the kitchen to display their lovely collection. So why not make a magnet?

Inspired by this lovely plaque by Caralee Wells. She unfortunately doesn’t ship to the Netherlands, so I had to make something myself. My friend loves coffee, so I wanted to add a bit of patterned paper, as well as using distress oxide to age my paper from white to brown. Of course I am a witch, so I actually worked my blessing into the magnet, so that she always may have enough spoons!

She loved it, for which I am grateful. Also, it was the first time in a long time that I made cards again, which was just a lot of fun and inspiring.

DIY Oracle: step 2, play and experiment

So in step 1 we brainstormed and thought about what our oracle would look like and what type of oracle we want. Which brings us to the next part: gathering resources and experimenting! This is of course the time to go all out. Try different things, use unusual materials, just play and see what works for you!

First I went through the stacks of magazines that we still had laying around. I was lucky, I had gotten an entire stack of photography magazines from my sister, which gave me a whole bunch of beautiful nature photos. As well as old photoshop magazines for a few more modern or artsy pieces. I now have a bunch of images to work with, but I still have a folder on my phone and computer as well, that if I come across something that might work, I can save the images.

For me I already knew I wanted black cardstock and minimalistic images. So first I grabbed two scraps of black cardstock, some inks and a masking stencil.

So first I tried Distress Oxide Black Soot. White very pretty, this was in no way glossy, so not what I had envisioned. Next!

Test nr. 2: Distress Shimmer Spray in black. Shimmer! Yay! However, I wasn’t a fan of the droplets and grungy effect. At least, not for this project. So… Next!

For the next one I didn’t have any scraps left, so I needed to cut a bigger sheet into smaller pieces. A perfect time to decide how big I wanted the cards to be! I dove into my oracle decks and pulled out different cards. I held them in my hand and tried to find the size that worked best for me to hold and shuffle, but was also big enough to show larger photographs. I decided on my Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan for a base, but then just slightly wider. For me that was four inch by three inch, which also made it easy to cut with my paper cutter. I have a corner punch, but was afraid it was too small, but as you can see it works perfectly!

I spoke to my craft guru (my mother) and told her about the effect of what I wanted to achieve. She said clear embossing powder and I slapped my own forehead because why didn’t I think of that?! So this is stamped with the Penny Black Butterfly Charmer and then embossed with clear embossing powder. Love it! The only “problem” is that this stamp is not clear, and quite bulky so I always have some issues to get the full image stamped, as can be seen at the top of the card. Still, I do like it. But, we’re experimenting, so… Next!

Same technique, different stamp. This is the Prima Marketing Wave Background. However in black it’s more tigerstripes than waves. And since I have a strong dislike for animal prints…. Next!

I don’t even have a photo of this next one. I stamped the Kaisercraft Hexagon, which I normally love, it’s one of my favourites. However, on this size card, it looked like someone had run then over with a car… yeah, no… Next!

This is Viva Decor Brick&Wood (the wood part, obviously). I kind of like this, but felt it didn’t look enough like bark for me to love it.

So the butterflies are by far my favourite! so that is the one it’s going to be! I’ll have to figure something out (read, probably buy a thing) to make sure that the stamp will cover everywhere and will be in the same place on every card. But, I love it! So, next up: the front!

This actually went pretty quickly. I had a magazine from our time in the zoo last year and it had a bit about the windmill parks at see. So I took a bit with the least windmill (since it’s a test anyway) and went through my paperstash for a matching paper for the bottom. Black glitter tape and a small piece of scrap paper for the word, hastily written in paint pen.

So now I know what materials I need, what the end result will look like (at least a little) and how it will all come together! Join me next time when I show you the way to (hopefully) get all the cards cut in the same size!

Hello Saya!

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Just a few weeks ago one of our friends became a dad! Little Saya was born and she is adorable. Of course I had to make a card to celebrate this occasion and since he’s part of our Dungeons and Dragons group, I wanted to use dragons!

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I first created the rainbow background with watercolour markers and cut out the clouds. Then I stamped and coloured the little pastel dragon family! After that, the wait was on… what was the name going to be?

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I just loved making this card with its soft tones and overall adorable-ness. Luckily the happy parents loved it as well! Let’s just hope little Saya will grow up loving dragons… {although I think we’ll make sure}

Pastel Mermaid Card

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I just love these clean cards with lots of coloured splashes! I’ve made a neon piñata and a different mermaid card like this before and it’s quickly becoming my go-to stamping method. {My friend Nikki is now calling it the ‘Marjolijn method’, enough said, right?} So when I decided I wanted to do more with my own stamps, I figured that making a splash card like this would work perfectly with my mermaid stamp.

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I used my trusty JoyCrafts Grunge set for the splashes and stamped those directly onto the white cardstock. Then I printed my mermaid and coloured it with Letraset Brushmarkers. I added some highlights with white Posca pen and added a beautiful shimmer with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss that I am absolutely in love with. Just look at the sparkles! The sentiment is a combination of Lawn Fawn Year Seven and HEMA letter stamps. The pastels really fit the softness of the mermaid and I just love how this card turned out.

You can find the lovely mermaid as a digital stamp in my Etsy shop, or click on the picture below!

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