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!”

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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”

Organizing my craft stuff with Evernote

As promised in my inexpensive stamp and die storage post, I will show and explain how I organize my dies. Before I get into it, I want to explain a little of its background.

I wanted a system that allowed me to organize all my stamps and dies in a way that I can also add on to my collection, as well as switch or remove things in between without having to change the rest of the system. I also wanted to be able to easily search for exactly what I need without rummaging through my growing collection. Essentially, I needed a system similar to the Dewey Decimal Classification (but a lot more simplified) and a digital catalogue.

After months of thinking, I finally came up with a system and I’m happy to share with you all how I do it. My system makes it easy to search and find exactly what I need! Without further ado, here’s how  I organize my stamps and dies (as well as some other craft things). Continue reading “Organizing my craft stuff with Evernote”

Cute Bunny Easter card

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This year, Easter falls on April 21st. So I made an Easter card since it is also my task for Hobby Alternatief for today. But I don’t have anyone to give this card to, but would like to. Would you be interested in receiving this card? Then please look near the end to see how you can apply for a chance to get this card!

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I felt this card was easy to make, but perhaps the small details make it a bit difficult too.  How easy or difficult a card is depends more on what you like or don’t like. I’m crazy about small details, that’s why I thought this card was easy to make. But because of the small details, it takes a lot of time to make a card for me, and this card took several hours to make. Continue reading “Cute Bunny Easter card”

A fun shaker birthday!

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Hello crafters!  How have you been staying warm? I like to stay warm by curling up in my bed watching a show while crocheting. Or if I have to make a card, I’ll work in my craft area with my handy little space heater. Crafting warms my heart too!

Today I have something fun for you.

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This is a fun shaker birthday card!  I personally find shaker cards difficult due to all the little bits and pieces, but if you’re familiar with making shaker cards, then this should be easy for you.  Overall, this card took me about 2 or 3 hours to make, and I had some troubles (you’ll see where later). Continue reading “A fun shaker birthday!”

You can’t Resist this technique!

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Good day! As always, thank you for your lovely comments on my last post.

Before I begin, I would like to share a little joke. When I first got the assignment for this card, I asked aloud, “What’s ‘color resist’?” My husband replies, “Make a black and white card and say that you resisted using colors.”  Well, I guess that’s one way to look at it! But I will stick to using my lovely colors….

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So the card for today showcases the color resist technique. Unlike what my husband thinks, color resist is the resist of color going into the paper due to a layer of wax, an embossing/watermark ink, or a layer of melted embossing powder applied to the paper.  My card will showcase the latter: color resist with embossing powder.

This card is rather easy to do and takes about one hour or less to complete. Continue reading “You can’t Resist this technique!”

Art journal: Money money money!

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Hello everyone!  Thank you for the nice comments in my last blog post.

Last week, my husband went to America for a week for his work. I missed him very much, so I crafted a lot to pass the time!
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Today I would like to share with you a page I created for my art journal titled “Money, money, money”. Total work time on this is about 3 hours because it takes time for each layer to dry.  Otherwise, this is a very easy project to do. Continue reading “Art journal: Money money money!”

An Alternative Valentine

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As this is my first post (for Hobby Alternatief) in 2019, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

The theme this time is Valentine since it’s coming up sooner than you think! My card is not your typical red, pink, and hearts valentine for someone you love romantically, but an “Alternative Valentine” card for someone that needs some love.

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This card was created for someone that went through a divorce recently.  My husband and I want to tell the person that we are here for her, so I created this card. The design of the card is to show budding flowers “breaking out” of the box, and the flower that is falling out is not alone.  Oh yes, I enjoy telling a story in my custom cards! Continue reading “An Alternative Valentine”