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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From sweet treats to paper treats on: April 10, 2012 12:57:52 AM
After indulging in some amazing chocolate bought at the Bristol (UK) Chocolate Festival (yes, it was as good as it sounds:-) I turned the box into a British themed box to keep my paper/chipboard embellishments. Very pleased with how it turned out:

Thanks for looking!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Thank you cards: Warning: lots of girlie colours:-) on: March 31, 2012 02:43:14 PM
While staying with my mother-in-law in the UK for christmas last year I got these free 'Thank you' chipboards and they just happened to be in the same colour scheme as my the mini paper stash I keep at her place so I spent one heavenly evening on her living room floor with all my stuff sprawled out making a bunch of cards:

Here are my favourites:

Thanks for looking!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Birthday card Punched Flowers on: June 05, 2011 01:05:10 PM
I found this fower punch at a goodwill shop the day I was going to make a birthday card for the 8-year old daughter of a friend of mine. I ended up punching my heart out for good half hour just punching flowers in pieces of scrap paper, I loved it! I used a clearstamp to stamp 'Gefeliciteerd!' (Congratulations in Dutch) and arranged all the punched shapes around it. The strips at bottom and top weren't planned but after I had punched out all the flowers I was left with these nice bands with flowers, too good to throw out!

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Birthday card Peony on: June 05, 2011 12:58:47 PM
A great picture I took of a peony inspired me to make this birthday card for a friend:

The turqoise background is some great K&Company paper from a large scrapbooking paper pad. Letters and flowers are a bit more sparkly/mirrored in real life. I added a sticker on the back as a nice detail:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Quicky birthday spread on: June 05, 2011 12:37:13 PM
Here's a small lay-out I put in my journal to show off all the presents I got for my birthday Wink I used some scraps left over from a card I made that had similar colors to the items on the photo. The bunny and flower stamps were presents I got this year.

This only took me about 15 minutes but I'm quite chuffed about it. I was just a bit to fast with the bunny stamps so there are ink prints of the corners visible.  Butit's really building up my confidence to make a full sized lay-out.

Any suggestions please let me know. Letters/text maybe?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / *New pages added* Scrapbooked calendar pages on: June 05, 2011 12:23:09 PM
I hope these are in the right category as they're kind of scrapbooking but not meant to go in a photo-album. These are pages made for a DIY calendar. I gave one empty one each to my grandmother, mother and mother-in-law. In order to keep them up-to-date with their (great)grandson's life I send them a new picture ahead of each month.They then stick it onto the calendar. Until last month these were mainly single pictures or simple collages of pictures. But some free gardening themed scrapbooking papers from a British Magazine (craftsbeautiful) inspired me to scrap the calendar pages and these were the June pages for the different (great)grandmothers:

I've kept the lay-outs pretty simple because I think the pictures speak for themselves but if you have any tips or suggestions to improve them please let me know. I'm building up the courage to start scrapping some album pages and I'd be happy with any help.

Thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A letter to my pen pall: book of me and photo booklet on: May 31, 2011 05:50:41 AM
I have had a Danish pen pall since I was about 10 (I'm now 36) and recently found some of here old letters. She was (and still is) always incredibly creative and her letters were full of booklets and small pictures or stickers she made herself. I loved getting her letters and still do. So inspired by our past I made her a 'book of me' booklet and small photo booklet using some of my scrapbooking stash ( I am still to start on an actual scrapbooking page but I am getting there...):

Book of me: front, some inside pages and back
I've made a grown up version that includes the basics (favourite food, colours etc.) but also some more indepth stuff (where is my heart, place that are dear to me, how to do I recharge my spirit). I like the tree stamp on the front, the papers and the color combinations. And I love the back page where I used up all the scraps. I'm not too
 sure about the hand writing, maybe I should have printed it....

Picture booklet: inside and wrapped up
This was unplanned. I was just going to print a load of pictures from the last few months on photo paper and add it to the letter. But when I saw how boring that turned out I got some more paper and stickers out and put it in a small harmonica layout. I love the orange ribbon around it:-)

Everything ready to be sent off (the wrapped package has some scrapbooking embellishments in it, we love giving each other presents).

My inspiration, my friend Trine's letter from the eighties, top left corner is her 'book':
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Divination (marbles) bag on: May 31, 2011 05:08:41 AM

I made this divination bag* for a friend of mine and wanted to share it with you guys/girls. It is a simple marbles bag pattern that is really one of the only things I can properly sew on my machine right now Wink The elephant was already on the fabric. The fabric was part of a big box of 'rags' picked up by my sister at a thrift store where she also bought me a second hand sewing box (you know, one of those old fashioned wooden ones with harmonica compartments). She used the rags as padding to transport the box. I loved the rags as much as the box:-) And I was dying to do something with the elephant fabric. The ribbon was leftover from a present I made for my mom a few years ago but it was just the right color.

Here's a shot of the fabric and the sewing box. In reality the fabric is a much richer green but I cannot seem to get it on camera... Angry

*What is a 'divination bag'? It's meant to hold your choice of 'divination tools'. These could be runes, stones, tarot cards or, in our case, any old small items we find on the 'street' that could have symbolic meaning to us and could help us when we're stuck with an issue that plays in our live. To give you some examples of what I've got in my own divination bag: small mirror (reflection, look at yourself), ring (commitment, what goes around comes around), small buddha earring (slow down, meditate, reflect). You get the idea.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bag ornaments: delft blue and pink baboushka on: February 20, 2011 02:37:01 PM
Hi crafters,

Here's two bag ornaments (is that the official name?) I made a few weeks ago.

I started off wanting to make a bracelet with with baboushka's but it really didn't come together at all. Then my friend suggested I'd make a key chain or bag ornament. We made three strings of beads and put those together on a small ring. It looked a bit boring still until I put in the bits of pink 'leather'. That really tied everything together.

The we got started on the 'Delft Blue' one. This is actually a reconstruction of sorts. My friend had given me a bracelet with the delft blue beads in it and although I loved the beads I just don't wear bracelets (they get in the way with housework and typing on the computer) anyway, we reworked it into another bag ornament adding loads more beads and I had to fold and iron the blue-white ribbon to make it a bit smaller.

The pink baboushka went to my sister-in-law as a christmas present and the blue one is now coming everywhere with me, hanging from the side of my handbag. I love it.

Thanks for looking!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Greeting cards: newborn baby boy and cute kisses on: February 20, 2011 02:14:25 PM
Hello crafters,

Here's some of my first attempts at making greeting cards. I'm quite happy with how they both came out as I was really overwhelmed when I got started. See, I didn't have an occasion in mind, just a lot of paper supplies, too much probably, and then it's so intimidating to get started. But once I got the main image/theme and picked the colour theme everything else fell into place. You can probably see they both hae more or less the same colout theme, one being more orange with blue and the other being more yellow with blue.

The cards were made on scrapbooking cardstock and most of the images came from a cardmaking magazine we get here in The Netherlands, Mijn Hobbykaarten, it's not so much a magazine as it has no proper 'articles' but it always comes with all the supplies to make about 8-10 cards. Now, I don't want to make the cards exactly as they do in the magazine so I add my own stuff. The baby boy card was made with patterned paper and texts I got free with a UK magazine called Crafts Beautiful. The ribbon was leftover from a present I got some time ago. I tend to always keep pretty looking gift wrapping paper and ribbon. And I have recently started to keep the ribbons that are sown into new tops to keep them on the hangers. You cut them out and you have a nice length of ribbon for card making, all for free!

I quite like a 'clean' layout:-)

Anyway, here's some pictures:

Front of the card, and on the inside...

This really reminds me of my childhood:

Thanks for looking!
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