Get the message?

Hi to anyone that reads my craft blog! Happy New Year: 2020!

Normally I double blog, that is, I write the same post in Dutch for Hobby Alternatief (HA) and in English for my personal craft blog here. However, the last post was about my favorite (craft) tools, and I only wrote that for HA. I figured that I could translate it another time. But for the time being, here is a link to the post in Dutch: Emma’s favoriete craft tools! Even if you don’t understand Dutch, you could at least see the pictures! (Or use the nifty google translate tool on the side.) Continue reading “Get the message?”

Hello…sketch!

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Happy Thursdays dear crafters! Ever since I started my new (nearly full-time) job in July, I haven’t been able to craft as much as I want to!  But I am doing my best to post every 2 weeks for Hobby Alternatief, and of course for this blog. Anyway, on to the card!

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This card uses masking techniques to get the different colors and is moderately easy to make, but having a stamping tool will help greatly! It took me about 2 hours to finish.

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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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Happy New Home

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I heard that the interest rates are really low, and that’s why lots of houses (in the Netherlands) are being sold so quickly! A friend and his girlfriend also bought a house recently and I made a card for them. But before I get into the card, I’d like to thank those that have commented (and also for the likes on Facebook) on my last post/card I made that was for Chinese New Year.

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So, what do I have here? A small house with a filigree heart! The card took a few hours to make because I  was thinking up the “new” technique which I’ll explain later and also designed the card on my computer. So I think this may be an advanced card, but I’ll tell you how I made this card and perhaps it won’t be hard afterwards. Continue reading “Happy New Home”

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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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! Continue reading “From small circles to a large piece!”

For my sister

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I try to make cards for my family member’s birthday as much as possible, but this does not always happen because I’m often very busy! But this time I had the time to make a card for my sister! I tried to make something more simple because I often make rather difficult cards.

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This card is a beginner level card, took about 30 minutes to make, and I followed a Hobby Alternative sketch of the month.
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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!”