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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Recipe Cards with Lawn Fawn

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I have this go-to cookie recipe for delicious oatmeal cranberry and white chocolate cookies that are easy to make and yummy! So when I made them as a thank-you gift for my friend Jessica last year she called me the next day and asked for the recipe. Her and her kids absolutely loved them and I’ve made them a couple of time just for them. I wanted to give her the recipe, but of course in my own creative way! I got these adorable stamp sets from Lawn Fawn which are just perfect to make recipe cards with. I used Baked with Love and Sally’s ABC’s for these.

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That same week was my sister Jacqueline‘s birthday, and after fretting for a few days on what to get her, I thought: why not a recipe card as well? I gave this one a moustache from the Love you a Latte stamp set, which is also where the spoon comes from because I thought this one was cuter {so sue me}. I couldn’t give her just a tiny card though, {although I did make a kick-ass bright piñata card} so I made her entire package with all the ingredients she would need. Now she has everything to make her own cookies!

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With tea, of course. This was so much fun to put together and to make! Jacqueline absolutely loved it and can’t wait to hear how the cookies turned out.

Bright Piñata

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Last Sunday was my sister’s birthday and I, of course, couldn’t let this pass without making a happy card! In case you haven’t noticed yet, I love neon colours. So when I was thinking about what to do with my amazing new Year Seven stamp by Lawn Fawn it wasn’t a very difficult choice. So I coloured the cute little piñata with my Letraset Neon markers and couldn’t stop giggling at their brightness. So now what?

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Well, I decided to try if I could stamp with the markers. I knew it worked with Ecoline markers, so why not, right? And it worked! Sister-dear loved the clean style of my Splashing Mermaid and Pastel Rainbow cards, so I decided to use the same stamp set as I did with my mermaid (Joycrafts Grunge set), but this time in OMG-bright colours.

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I didn’t have any neon rhinestones, but since the markers are alcohol based, this wasn’t a problem! I used clear rhinestones and coloured them neon. Then I added the confetti and the sentiment. A thin line drawn with a fine-liner and tadaa! The bright birthday card is finished. She loved it and I fell in love with this little piñata. He’s so much fun and so happy, I’m sure I’ll be using him a lot!

Magical Day ATC’s

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As promised, the second batch of ATC’s I made during our crafty day with my friend Nikki and my mom. {find the first batch here} After toying around with bright neon colours there was another technique I wanted to try. I’ve had the Docrafts Artiste Watercolour Markers for a while, but never really worked with them. I made a background with them once, but that was it. So, after finding some tutorials and awesome ideas on Pinterest, I wanted to play around with them for a bit. I had loads of fun with them!

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I decided to also try and colour the stamps {Avery Elle’s Be A Unicorn} with the watercolour markers, since that was also a new technique for me. {I usually use pro/flexmarkers or colouring pencils}. I loved the effect! The colours flowed beautifully into each other and it took almost no effort at all. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a bright rainbow or a pastel rainbow unicorn, so, why not both?!

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The backgrounds were made by drawing a rainbow on a clear acrylic block with the watercolour markers and then spritzing it with water. When pressed to the paper the colours will become a pretty watercolour background, easy peasy! The first time {the ones with the more ‘stripy’ backgrounds} I didn’t use enough water, but I liked the effects anyway. This is how we learn, right? I cut out the tiny unicorns and added them to the ATC’s with a bit of foam tape, then added the tiny stars and the adorable sentiment. Red backgrounds for the bright unicorns and soft purple for the pastels. Love it!

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They were so much fun to make and they turned out adorable. I kept the first one myself, but the rest will be traded away!

2. Judith {Kaarten en Creaties van Judith}Een Bloemetje (orange)
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4. Lysette {Liesy Creative Moments} – (Nothing yet)

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Bonus! I loved the techniques so much, that when I had to make a quick card for the double birthday of my dad and stepmom, I made this adorable pastel rainbow card. Colourful, simple and clean. They loved it!

Splashing Mermaid

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And I’m back! With a WAY late birthday card this time, for my friend Nikki. I asked her two weeks ago when her birthday was and {bad, bad me} apparently I’d already missed it. This of course could not stand, so I made a card that was part apology and part belated birthday card.

Nikki loves mermaids {like me!}, so it was the perfect opportunity to try my new Gorjuss Collectable stamp Awashed. I adore her. I coloured her using my new shiny box of coloring pencils I bought as Christmas present to myself. I added sparkle to the tail with a little Wink of Stella and then cut her out. The splashes are done with the Grunge stampset by JoyCrafts, which I layered over each other in different ink colours.

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She loved it so, thankfully, I’m forgiven for missing it this year. It won’t happen again, Nikki, I promise!

Writer Canvas Card

Wow, you guys! It’s been a while… Time just ran away from me, mostly fun things, luckily, and work has been hectic. I plan on having more time to blog, write and craft in January. Until then I’m splitting everything into smaller posts. So yay for a new post! {finally}

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So my sister-from-another-mother/writing buddy turned 30 last week and I couldn’t let that go without making something spectacular for her. Last year I made her a Edgar Allen Poe’s the Raven themed card {or see below} and in the comments she stated that she set a goal for me, to make her a more beautiful card this year. Well then, I couldn’t just let this challenge go, now could I?

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This is the first time working with mixed media for me, so lots of hours scouring pinterest and looking for styles and techniques that appealed to me. Above is the work in progress, just before I added the Gesso and really got the party started. Since we’re both writers, and my presents were writer-themed, I wanted the card be about writing as well. I used the Marianne Design cutting die quill and ink (COL1375) and one of the Spellbinders for the plaque where I put the quote on. The rest is stuff I had laying around, like buttons, watchparts, charms and an actual pen-nib.

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After that I Gesso’ed {is that a word? It is now…} it, painted it black and then drybrushed it dark red {her favourite colours}. We’d been sending each other quotes on writing for weeks now, so I wanted to incorporate one of the quotes here as well. It’s from William Wordsworth and reads: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” I printed it out in the same typeface as her tattoo, that we got together when we had our 25 year friends anniversary. She had “write” tattooed in this typeface {Jane Austen} and I had “create” which I handlettered myself.

She absolutely adored it and called me crazy because this apparently doesn’t count as a card… {It’s card-sized, so it counts, right?} It was loads of fun to do and I think I’ll be dabbling in mixed media more often from now on. Now to think up something even bigger for next year…

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{Last year’s card, which is still on the dresser… yay!}

August Card Round-up!

The ending of July and the beginning of August have been busy, craft-wise. Lot’s of birthdays and other parties, plus some more things I made for work. So I figured, best to save them all up and show them to you all in one go! Ready Let’s do this!

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We started at the end of July with my mother-in-law’s surprise retirement party! She didn’t want to celebrate yet, but we figured that it deserved a party any way. This card was made with the Marianne Design Design Folder Chickenwire DF3404 and the Collectable Cat COL1353. My mother-in-law’s favourite colours are turquoise and purple, so that’s the colour palette I used.

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And what’s a party without a cat-themed cake? It was in the middle of a heat wave, which makes fondant and buttercream a total bitch to work with, but I kinda like the end results! It is of course supposed to be grumpy cat, which she is a huge fan of. Lemon and blueberry cake with creamcheese frosting. Yum!

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Next was a birthday card for my step-grandmother. She turned eighty so the entire family went out to dinner, which was a blast. I wanted something soft and pastel and after a lot of experimenting {no really, a LOT} this is the end result. The stamps are BoBunny’s Flutter and the happy birthday cutting die is Spellbinders’ sentiments 3.

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Next up: my sister-in-law’s birthday! She adores pink, the brighter the better, so I did my best to make it as pink as possible. I started with the roses background, which was made with the Lin and Lene Embossing Background: Rose and Leaves. I put pink stampink ink on the Embossing stencil and then put it through my machine, giving me a coloured impression of the roses. The little cake is made with thin washi tape which I doodled around and the happy birthday is again Spellbinders’ Sentiments 3. I started this card for my step-grandmother, but as it came together brighter and brighter pink, I figured this would be better for my sister-in-law. Who adored it!

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My crafty friend Judith also had her birthday in August, and I of course had to make a card for her as well. We share a love for all things London and the Union Jack so I knew I wanted to make a Union Jack card for her. The Union Jack is hand-drawn and then cut out, hence it’s a little out of wack… But it still looks kinda cool I think! And suprise, surprise, the happy birthday is again Spellbinders Sentiments 3!

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At work we’re putting the spotlight on watercolours this month. So I figured it would be nice to make a small card to go with it as a showcase. I first sketched the rough outlines in pencil, which I then filled with the watercolours. Then I drew the final outlines with a finelines and added the zentangle/doodle designs within the feathers itself. Superquick, but fun card to make!

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Bonus pic! Sometimes, you get an email from headquarters saying that there is something you HAVE to make, for the window display or a themed display in the stores. This month that was painted stones, combined with googly eyes. I had so much fun thinking up all these faces, I just had to share them with you all.

So there you have it! That was it for today, see you soon!

Catching Dreams and Falling Feathers

One of the biggest trends in the craftworld right now is dreamcatchers. So many new stamps, cutting dies, stencils and other fun crafty stuff are coming out right now and being a fan of dreamcatchers myself, I’m loving it! One of the best things of working at a craftshop is that part of your job is to actually be crafty and make a bunch of stuff that inspire customers to make stuff themselves. So, with the dreamcatcher craze going on, I figured I’d show you guys and gals some of the fun things I made for our store!

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{crappy picture is crappy, I know, I’ll update it soon…} The first thing I wanted to show you was an actual dreamcather! I was the only one who’d actually made one before so our manager asked me to make a big one to hang on the wall. She also brought the idea to use the paper feathers in sweet mint and lilac, and I chose the other colours to match those. It’s a lot busier than the normal dreamcatchers that I make, but this seems to be the boho trend right now, so why not combine all of those. I do love how it turned out!

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Marianne design also hopped on the dreamcatcher bandwagon and brought out an amazing collection of a cutting die (CR1373), a beautiful clearstamp (CS0975) with a bunch of texts about dreams and a bunch of cute feathers (CA3129). This one I wanted to make with sweet pastels to match the feather colours.

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This one I wanted to give bright, summery colours to match the fashion trends right now. Summery, ibiza style brightness!

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And something completely different, but still made with the same die and stamps. The purple feathers are the feathers that are supposed to be on the bottom of the dreamcatcher, but I had this idea of a calm card in purple shades with falling feathers on the side and a quote next to it. This is what came out and I have to admit, although I *love* the dreamcatchers, this is my favourite.

So this was my creative debauchery for the past weeks. I’d love to hear what you think and hear what you’ve been up to! ‘Till next time!