Get Happy Art Journal Page

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Last week I was having a not-so-happy day, so instead of writing {what I should have been doing} I decided to play around with paint and happy colours! I’ve tried my hand at Art Journaling before, but after seeing the amazing Miranda van den Bosch in action and after practising on my Cattitude painting, this is the first page that looked and felt like an Art Journal page.

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I first made the background with a couple of happy colours applied with makeup sponges. After that I stencilled the star patterns and the two different bubbles. All new stencils that I got at the Doe@Ding dagen, a fun craft-fair, a few weeks ago. The butterflies are all from the Flutter stamp set by BoBunny.

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The white bubbles didn’t come out white enough, so I traced them with a white Posca pen. I added the quotes by first writing out the words normally, and then adding triangles to where the letters needed to be thicker. The black bubbles and butterflies got a few fun accents with metallic markers.

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I stamped the wings on the page itself, using the Flutter stamp set again. Then I stamped the Gorjuss Collectable no. 15, the Black Star, on a piece of cardstock and coloured it with my Flexmarkers. I cut her out and stuck her to the page using foam tape, giving her a bit more depth. Then it was time for the black lines around the page and the black corner-dots, all made with Posca pen. The final touch was a bit of white drops splattered all over the page, made with white Ecoline ink.

So that’s it! My first “real” Art Journal page! It really helped lift my spirits and made me happier with every layer I added. So this might be a new coping mechanism, expect more pages in the future!

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!

Birthday Cards Galore!

January is always a busy month, birthday wise. We’ve got a bunch of friends and family who celebrate their birthdays in January and the beginning of February, then it’s sort of quiet all the way to September. Last year I started making personalized cards for everyone’s birthday and I loved doing it! So even though it’s kinda hectic in January with so many birthdays, I made everyone a personalized card.

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The first one is for my friend Nikki. She loves the Gorjuss girls as much as I do, so it needed to be something with a Gorjuss stamp. This was the first time I tried paper patching, I stamped the image again on a patterned paper and cut out the dress and boots, which I then glued on top of the image stamped on white paper. I loved the effect! I need a bit of a busier pattern next time though…

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The next one is for my friend Marlon. She loooooooves to crochet and makes the coolest things! A while ago I picked up the Marianne Design cutting die with yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles and knew I wanted to do something fun with that one. This quote is one I knew she loved, so I thought, why not make the yarn and needles into a sort of skull-and-bones? The background is stamping ink through a masking stencil and the quote is a combination of stamping and hand lettering. I adore this one and she absolutely loved it!

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Mum was up next. She has a washi tape addiction {like me…} so card needed to be something with washi tape. Through Pinterest I found a washi tape and stamp card which design I adored and blatantly copied… {sorry not sorry} But then I needed a fun quote, which proved a bit more difficult. I came across an artwork with this quote and absolutely loved it in combination with the already rainbow colours. The tiny unicorn is a hand-embroidery design from Urban Threads that I picked up a while back. Check out her site and sign up for the newsletter, not only are the hand-embroidery design amazing and cheap digital stamps, she has awesome sales that make the designs even cheaper!

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Last one {for now} is the card I made for my Grandpa. He loves birds and when I was younger we used to spend entire afternoons just sitting in the garden and watching the birds flit by. I made the little birdhouse by taking a normal A6 sized card and cutting the corners off of the top. The heart was taken out with a cutting die, strips of scrapbook paper for the roof and bottom et viola! We have a tiny birdhouse. The little birds are cut from jute paper using a cutting die and embellished with promarkers. I doodled the hearts and swirls and added a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment inside. He loved it!

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Okay fine, one more then {hihihi} Although this one is a little bit older, from the end of November. My amazing friend Chantal had her birthday. We both share the same passion for literature, writing and all things dark and Gothic. I wanted to make an awesome birthday card for her that show all these things. The card is in ‘her’ colours: black and bloodred, with one of our favourite poems, the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. {seriously, you need to listen to this version, told by the amazing Christopher Lee} The ravens and the quote were handdrawn on vintage style paper. I added the feathers last minute, feeling that the card was missing something. They complement the card perfectly! I absolutely loved it and it’s still on her dresser, so I must have done something right *grin*

See you in about two weeks with another batch of birthday cards!

Pocket Letter: my favourite things

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Time to share my newly discovered addiction; pocket letters! Pocket letters are a new way for pen pals to make something creative, write letters to each other and include little gifts. It’s so much fun! {to find out more about pocket letters, see Jannete Lane’s website}

Above is the first pocket letter I’ve ever made, for my friend Flava. We’ve not known each other that long, but we talk about anything and everything. When we were at the biggest crafts fair in the Netherlands last Octobre she said; ‘you know, it’s funny, we know so much about each other already, but I don’t even know if you drink coffee.’ So when I discovered pocket letters {through her enthousiasm} I knew I wanted to make a ‘favourite things’ pocket letter for us to get to know each other a little better. And what better way for you guys to know me a little better as well?

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I’ve numbered the cards so I can tell you guys what my favourite things are on each ATC! Here we go!

  1. I love butterflies. The little me is made from hama beads {like perler, but European}, and it shows my favourite color: purple, and my newest challenge: hand lettering.
  2. Space!, astronomy, with my favourite constellations, Casseopeia and Lyra. Sci-fi movies and series with the Death Star from Star Wars, Serenity from Firefly, the T.A.R.D.I.S. from Doctor Who, the Stargate from the Stargate franchise, a Viper from Battlestar Gallactica and the Enterprise from Star Trek.
  3. Cupcakes are my obsession, not even eating them, just cute things with cupcakes on them. Purple and Teal/Turqouise tones, my favourite color combination. Happy buntings and bakers twine.
  4. Space again! And my favourite animals: wolves and ravens/crows.
  5. A quote by one of my favourite musicians, Jack Johnson. I adore his music and the surfer vibe that goes with it.
  6. My favourite artist is Selina Fenech, and this is one of my favourite works from her, called the Storykeeper. She has a free colouring page of it on her website, which I shrank down to ATC size and coloured with my favourite Letraset markers of course!
  7. Teal and purple again! Yay! Together with my love for all things fantasy, especially witches and fairies. I was born in autumn and it is also my favourite season, hence the hedgehog and mushrooms. The little fairies and witch and the clothesline I drew myself with a 0.05 mm fineliner
  8. I love reading. Books are my favourite thing to collect. I stamped the stack of books from my favourite Gorjuss stamp called New Heights. I then added the names of my favourite writers to the spines: Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Neil Gaiman, Karen Chance and Katherine Kerr. The teacup represents my love of tea and all things British and of course another cupcake! Both hand-drawn.
  9. Last but not least: writing! I love writing here for all you guys and gals but also to write stories and essays and poetry. The typewriter is made with the Marianne Design Collectable called Eline’s Typewriter.

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Of course I needed some pretty stationery to write the actual letter on, so I made some myself! All of the stamped images are from different Gorjuss Stamps, coloured with Derwent pencils. I then drew the thin lines with my 0.05 mm fineliner. I LOVE how it turned out! I think I’ll be making my own stationery from now on whenever I need to write something.

So there you have it! My first pocket letter and a ton of info on my favourite things! Tell me what you think and tell me something about your favourite things!