Art Journal: Things that make me Happy

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Hello crafty friends! As beautiful as autumn is, the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting chillier and that usually equates to a bit of depression to many people. I’m not immune to this slump either, so what better way to lift the spirits than with crafting, aka Craft Therapy!!

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Today I’m sharing with you a page from my art journal which I titled “Things that make me Happy (and things that I like)”. I thought this would be a nice page to remind myself all the wonderful things that make me feel happy while doing something I love in this often dreary season. The page took me two evenings to “finish”, but as art journals go, it’s never really finished until you say it’s finished! Continue reading “Art Journal: Things that make me Happy”

Snow globe shaker

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I worked at PostNL (postal service in the Netherlands) for nearly two years. The busiest time is always around Christmas. Even with the invention of the Internet and electronic mail, people still enjoy sending Christmas cards.

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Today, the task’s theme for Hobby Alternatief is “Christmas”, so I decided to make a Christmas/winter card. I would categorize this card under “advanced” because I use a lot of techniques and tools that most beginner cardmakers would not have. The card itself didn’t take long to make, but the snow globe did take about an hour to make.

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A card for Lunar New Year

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Lunar New Year is not until January 25th, 2020.  However, I thought I get ahead this time and make a card for my family!

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This card follows a sketch is actually not very difficult, but I personally felt it was difficult because I had to measure a lot of things. Not that measuring is hard, but I’m a perfectionist and I like things to be exact! So overall, this card took me nearly two hours to make. I’m sure someone less of a perfectionist would do this a lot quicker.

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A Happy Place

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It’s almost the end of the summer vacation; have you done anything nice? My mother-in-law bought a small caravan, so I made something for her to decorate her caravan.

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This is a 3D image in a photo frame. It may look very difficult, but if you can make 3D cards, this is the same idea. This takes about two days to make, ultimately about 4 hours of work! Continue reading “A Happy Place”

From small circles to a large piece!

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Hi everyone! Are you enjoying the summer? For me, I started a new job in July that is a lot more hours, so I do not have much time or energy to craft as I like. And next week, I am going on a two week camping vacation (which means no craft room…). With so little time for crafting, it’s important to maximize what time I have. Today’s cards are like the 2-from-1 background cards, but with the use of scrap paper. This is definitely a time-saving technique!

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The cards are pretty easy to make, and the technique I used only took about 20 minutes total, so finishing two cards was less than 1 hour of work!


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Check out this pile of scrap paper!

I have a lot of scrap paper from making the paper inserts for my stamp pockets, and I save a majority of it to use “one day”. Well, I finally got the chance to use them for this project!

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The extra wide double-sided tape and punched-out circles!

First I choose a set of scrap paper that were from the same design series and used my circle punch to punch out a lot of circles.  Next I took out my super wide roll of double-sided tape. This tape is 11.5cm wide! I cut off a piece that was 14cm long and laid it on my work table with the sticky side up. I then started to stick the circles onto the tape in an overlapping line.

Tip! Don’t stop at circles! You can use any shape you want.

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Stick, stick, stick, stick….

When the entire piece of tape was covered with circles, it was like I had a new sheet of textured patterned sticker paper! I then trimmed the edges to the correct size and cut it in half length-wise. I took the backing-paper off and stuck each of the piece onto a light blue cardstock. Then I cut two pieces from white paper for each side of the scrap-paper-patterned-paper (what a mouthful).

For one card, I added pierced dots on the edge and a stacked white die-cut flower that was brushed with a shimmer brush. The second card I had done the same thing with the edge, but a different cut… but when I added the foam tape to it, I accidentally put the tape on the good side (the side the dies cut down on)! I didn’t want to waste my paper or foam tape, so I still stuck it onto the cardstock, but I covered up the bad edge with two thin strips of scrap pearl cardstock!

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A close-up of the cards.

So there you have it, two cards using scrap paper! My favorite part was sticking the circles onto the double-sided tape.

I’ve purposely left the cards blank and text-less because now I have two cards on hand that I can quickly finalize or customize for whomever I decide to give the card to!

Tip! There is no rule that says you have to finish every card you make completely. Almost-finished cards are really useful to have on-hand for when you need a card quickly.

Thank you again for taking the time to read my post, until next time!

Butterflies make everything beautiful!

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I think butterflies are really beautiful and I asked myself, “Why is that?” I think it is because butterflies are so symmetrical and people are generally attracted to things that are symmetrical. But I’m also a very analytical and have a scientific mind set.

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The technique for today is “die cut monoprint”. Using this technique, I created two cards witht he butterfly monoprints, but you can also use the prints for a scrapbook or art journal. This easy technique takes about 15-20 minutes and the two cards took over an hour to make. Continue reading “Butterflies make everything beautiful!”

Look for a Star – Miniature music dome

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Another miniature for you to look at… and perhaps inspire! Last time I made a little house in a tin box. This time it is a music dome with a café and appartment.

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The finished product, without the dome over it.

This was super fun to do and I didn’t do anything too special. I followed about 98% of the instructions because I find it relaxing to just follow the kit’s instructions and not need to think too much. From start to finish, this kit took 4 days to finish. It was also a bit more difficult than my last miniature kit, but not by a lot. Continue reading “Look for a Star – Miniature music dome”

Shining flowers

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It is now the 6th month of 2019, time flies, doesn’t it? Stencils are a crafting supply that can be used with many techniques. They are also inexpensive or you could make them yourself! Today I will let you see one of the many techniques you can use with stencils. Let’s check out the card.

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The yellow background is made with a stencil. The card took about an hour to make and it is pretty easy to do. Continue reading “Shining flowers”