Art Journal: Embrace your ridiculous awesomeness

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Today I am sharing an art journal collage piece. I incorporated my love for mixed media, collage, random word poetry and fountain pens in one. And I am really happy how this art journal collage turned out.

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The lady is a from a vintage fashion mag and she was holding her hands in a way that I wanted her to hold flowers. Perfect time to use the little prima flowers I have been hoarding. Also the larger flowers on the piece are also from Prima which I glued on flat and drew on.

Art journal page finished. See the whole page in my stories. Used images from vintage magazines my friend @missminoes gave me and FP's from @penworldmagazine  . . . #mixedmedia #artistsofinstagram #artjournalmt #artjournal #colorcoordination #vintage #col
I've used fountain pen images from PenWorld magazine, with the ledger and script rubber stamps I thought it would be a great match. The sentiment is a part from this stamp from VLVS! and it says 

"She chose to embrace her ridiculous awesomeness and shine like the freaking supernova she was meant to be"  

And this my dear friends I hope you all will do, for embracing your ridiculous awesome self is the best thing you can ever do!

I would like to enter this journal page in the following challenges: 

It's often the case we are our own worst enemy, but I wholeheartedly encourage you to befriend yourself in the most compassionate way. So embrace your ridiculous awesomeness :) 

Art Journal Journey - theme color in my world (this challenge site is so wonderful! I keep discovering new talented people all over the world!)

Take It, Make It Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an ridiculously awesome weekend :)


Back to work, but first... coffee!

Woke up really early today... need some fuel! Artwork by Nikki Smits. _______ #lattecat #butfirstcoffee #coffeelovers #coffeismyfriend #coffee #stickerlove #stickers #wakeupandsmellthecoffee
Stickers illustrated by Nikki Smits
It's been a little quiet on my blog, as you might have noticed. That is because I took a much needed break from the virtual world and was on vacation in beautiful Sweden to visit my in-laws. I could have left some scheduled posts, but decided not to because I didn't want to worry about it... and it felt sooooo good not to worry about it :) I would highly recommend that to everyone, just to take a (little) online break. So I am getting back into the groove of things, taking it slow and steady with stuff to share on the blog. And I'm starting off by telling you a little about my time away.

Sweden 2017
This was my view and we walked in the forest almost daily... and I didn't want to leave it! See HERE for more pictures. Leaving was hard but it was good to come home to my Meesha cat, as she really missed us (and we her!)

While I was away, I did make some things with a huge stash of postage stamps found in a thrift store.
Things to do while on vacay with a limited stash of supplies. Made this journal for my MIL. ________ #postagestamps #upcycle #postage #postzegels #stamps #recycle #upcycle #crafts #craftygirl #craftideas #diary #journal #DIY #makeyourown #snailmailideas #
Made this journal for my MIL with French postage stamps.

back of the journal
The back has different portraits on it. 
My in laws have the most loveliest wooden desk, but I forgot to photograph it in its entirety. It was great to have a desk to work at while away. 

TN notebook insert
This is a small Muji notebook and made for the neighbor there. It's the size of a traveler's notebook.

The postage stamp art is inspired by my good friend Sue of TangleCrafts. She sells her gorgeous collage works HERE. BONUS her books are also fountain pen ink friendly :)

Seasonal colors and Scandinavian scenery. _______ #autumncolors #fallishere #fallinspiration #fall #autumn #leafs #autumnleaf #scandanavia #sweden #autumnbreak #auburn #autumnoak #forestbreak #woodland #swedishwoods #changeofseason
Fall came to greet us while we are there and in two more days, fall will arrive here too... according to the calendar. Cozy jumpers, scarves and beautiful autumn colored (falling) leaves... I feel like I am ready for it!

Sharing this over at Julia, for WOYWW this week - hope you all are doing well and are looking forward to embrace fall as well :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Mail Art Monday: You're awesome! - VLVS!

Hey you all, it's my turn at the VLVS! blog today and I'm sharing a tutorial for this mail art envelope I have made, based on out inspiration challenge photo. We want to inspire you with fall colors and themes this month. So hop on over to my blog post, to see the steps on how to make this cute foxy envelope for your snail mail friends :) 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: Gordon's Eye Roll (Stampotique New Release september 2017)

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Hey lovely friends! Today is Friday and also Word Up Weekend at Stampotique Facebook Group and I'm sharing my last make of my "new at Stampotique week" with Kassa's super cute giraffe friend, Gordon. Kassa's drawing style is always so fun and whimsical and I just love to give color to her drawings to watch them come to life! I made a mixed media background with paints stencils and modeling paste. I colored his eyes emerald and with the same color I underlined Terri's phrase "oops, did I roll my eyes out loud?" which I thought would fit the image.

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You can join in the challenge this week and link your background project with us here or share on Faccebook here.

Thanks for dropping by  and have an awesome weekend!


Art Journal: Harry's heart speaks (Stampotique New Release september 2017)

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Today I am sharing a fun a quick art journal page I made with a super fun newly released stamp from Stampotique Originals. It's the Harry Heart stamp from Kassa Hayselden. Isn't he just precious? I've paired him with Daniel's hearts, France's Upholstered and her when heart speaks quote stamp. Harry was colored with alcohol markers and the background done with distress oxides and watercolor paints. The edges are lined with distress crayon in shabby shutters and smudged out to the inside to create the border.

Like Harry, I hope you'll listen to your heart when it speaks :)

I would like to enter this journal page in the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday WWC135 Feminine Anything goes
Simon says Stamp it! - Wednesday Challenge
Happy Little Stampers Water color challenge September 

Art Journal Journey September - color in my world
Another beautiful theme ladies!
My hearts speaks to me in color and I always use color in my art journal pages. My latest "obsession" is watercolors :)

And don't forget you can join in the Stampotique challenge this week and link your background project with us here or share on Faccebook here.

Thanks for dropping by and tomorrow I'll have the last showcase for september's new releases at stampotique.  :)


SDC281 - Background Love

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It's Wednesday and that means it's Stampotique challenge time. Background Love is still going strong this week and I'm sharing this journal page in hopes to inspire you to play along. I had some left over modeling paste from another project and scraped it through a brick stencil. Then sploshed some purple inks over it and built it from there. It's got a lot of texture and things going on the in the background and it's my fave way to create a background. I almost always use Textured Cube 1 in anything really. It's my building-block for a great mixed media background. 

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I paired the Enjoy today quote with Mothloved and the accentuated the brick-theme with France's Brick Road. Those are made yellow with wink of stella shimmer pen. 

While it's good to make plans for the future and live for tomorrow, I prefer to enjoy today. 
Let's follow the yellow brick road to where we are in life :) 

So hope you'll join in the challenge and link your background project with us here or share on Faccebook here

Thanks again for stopping by and do come back tomorrow for more Stampotique love :) 


Shut the Front Door (Stampotique New Release september 2017)

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Today I am sharing a fun a quick postcard I made with a super fun newly released stamp from Stampotique Originals. It's the Dog with kittens stamp from Terri Richardson and isn't is just adorable? I love how the kitties are peaking from behind him! I colored with letraset alcohol markers, cut him out and adhered the image onto a piece I had left over paint and stamped images on. That is Mash up from France Papillon. I added more color with distress crayons and the piano keys ephemera to emulate a doormat. Thought it would be fun to add "Shut the front door" phrase from Terri because I think that it's might be the litter of kitties from the neighbor's house wanting to play with ol' Rufus here, what do you think? LOL :) 

Thanks for dropping by and hope you will tomorrow to see my make for this week's challenge and have a wonderful day :) 


Heartfelt watercolor note cards (Stampotique New Release september 2017)

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Today I am sharing a few watercolor cards made with some of the newly released Stampotique Originals rubber stamps. There are two beautiful flower bouquets you can make some heartfelt note cards with like I have shown above. What I did with both was emboss the flowers on watercolor paper, then make the background and color in the flowers. die cut the sentiments and piece them together. These watercolors cards are just super fun to make and didn't cost much time at all! You just let the colors work its magic. The watercolors I have worked with here is from Cloves and Honey shimmering watercolors. They just SPARKLE in real life!

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This bouquet is designed by Terri Richardson and I love the delicate flowers together. I chose one color for the flowers to make them pop from the background. The HUGS sentiment is a die cut from Technique Tuesday. And the accolades are from an alphabet sticker set I have.

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This bouquet, called Flos,  is designed by Kassa Hayselden and she drew them in the same style as the popular "kassa's bloom" stamp. I really love this style and also like it has the word beautiful in it. It's a whimsical design with dots and scribbles and just super fun! I paired it with an XOXO die cut from Stamplorations "cutplorations" die. First on black then inlaid the vellum cut out. The accolades are from the same set. The watercolors are just super fantastic in real life!

Don't forget to check our newest Stampotique Designer's Challenge as well. Hope this inspired you to work with watercolors and these gorgeous new flower stamps from Stampotique originals! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day :) 


Art Journal: I think I just Threw up in my mouth (Stampotique New Release day!)

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It's the 1st of the new month and that means it's New Release day at Stampotique Originals!! There are 6 new images out and I'll be showcasing them for you this coming week. I'm starting off with a design by Daniel Torrente and he is called Blackeyed. I think he's wonderfully morose looking and I have paired him up with a phrase from Terri Ridchardson from last month's release. I just love the sarcasm and witty humor the cube phrases have. Normally this phrase would be used in a negative setting, ie when someone dislikes something, but I used it in another way, like how excited are you for the new stamp releases? Yep, so excited I think I just threw up in my mouth ;)

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Blackeyed was colored with alcohol letraset markers and fussy cut and adhered to the background. Which I made on a Distress Oxide base and stamped on with Kate's Texture Cube with my Kalaeida colors ink pad in fall colors. By the way, you can read here how I made the backgrounds with Distress Oxides.

Hope you are excited for the new releases as we are :) Come check out our facebook page where we share more images of the new releases and also check out our challenges at the Challenge blog. This fortnight's challenge is "backgrounds" and next week I'll share an inspiration for that too (but hopefully this also inspired you to make some fun backgrounds with our fun textures stamps and oxides :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


WIP: More watercolor play

Drawriot's bee contest

Last night I had a bit of a play with my now complete travel kit watercolor palette! It's filled with some traditional new old stock Schminke, Pfeiffer Arts Watercolors (gifted to me by a lovely friend) and Cloves and Honey Shimmering watercolors and I am loving this palette. It is a joy to use them and I do love the Princeton brush to work with so I might just tuck it in my pen pouch as an add on to my traveling kuretake water brush which is also coming with me.

Drawriot's bee contest
The bee I colored in is part of a contest organized by Tori Weyers at Drawriot and she shared her lovely bee drawing with us and if you color it in and repost in Instagram, you´re in the running to win a 1/2 pan of Portland Pink Shimmering watercolor by Cloves and Honey. They are partnering up for this amazing City and Sea class and if I didn't have so much else going on, I would have signed up. But I do desire the Portland pink color so much, and this little bee is so cute I decided to have a go and join the fun contest. 

But gosh it was a pain to have it printed on watercolor paper though! My printer just wouldn't have it but in the end, it did work out! Also I am pleased to see that my inkjet printer ink seemed to be water and smudge proof! Hurrah for that test coming through well!

Talking about giveaways, if you haven't seen it, I am also hosting a giveaway and added a lot of my fave goodies to share, including one of the watercolor pans from Cloves and Honey, which was an exclusive in one of her sets. This giveaway package is an accumulation of stuff I have set aside over the year and it turned out it was nearly a 1,5 kg box full of stuff! Time to actually give it away to someone!! I have met so many wonderful creative people in my creative journey and this is just a small way to say thank you to everyone whom have been so supportive an encouraging. So hop on over to that post if you are interested in entering it. 

Sharing this desk shot with my friends over at Julia's Blog for WOYWW this week. Finally another artsy desk shot to share. Share yours if you would like to join in the conversation and fun with other wonderful creative people. 

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day!


#MTepicgiveaway (CLOSED!)

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Hey everyone! Like I have announced over on my social hang outs, I have been working on an epic giveaway for you guys as gratitude for your support in my creative journey. I have gathered so many wonderful goodies for you which includes a TON of my favorite products which you can see below.

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This giveaway package will include:

Dina Wakley white Gesso
Liquitex Muted collection heavy body paint in Rose
Cloves and Honey LE Dr. Girlfriend shimmering watercolor
Cuttlebug embossing folders
3 Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencils
Dovecraft rubbertamp pigment ink cacao
Dovecraft alphabet stamp set
Aurelie tulip clear stamp set
Joy crafts poppy clear stamp
Steadtler micron drawing pens
Sakura Gelly roll sampler pack
Tombow Dual Brush Pens sampler
Caran 'd ache Suracolor Discovery set
and more...
Some close up pictures

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MT epic giveaway

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YES! ONE lucky person will receive all of this yummy goodness!

What do you need to do to enter this giveaway?

2) Repost the giveaway picture
3) Make sure to use hashtag #MTepicgiveaway AND have an open account but no giveaway accounts! (yes it is open Internationally!)
Steps 4 and 5 are for additional entries
4) Follow my Facebook page and my blog and comment on both giveaway posts
5) Repost the giveaway picture on Facebook/Twitter and comment here with the link to the repost (tagging me on twitter is also an option)

The giveaway is open until September 8th midnight CET and the winner will be chosen at random via Random.org, will be announced in the weekend after the giveaway is closed 
The winnings will be shipped shortly after. 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored or administrated by blogger/instagram/facebook or twitter. These are items I have purchased myself and are new or only used for review purposes.

Good luck Thank you all again for your support in my creative journey! 


Art Journal: There is no place like home

art journal: there is no place like home

Today I am sharing a journal page I have made a while back on the theme "what is home?"
I've moved from Amsterdam to Leiden now I think 12 years ago and it took me a while to call this city my home, but I do love it here now. I tried to convey my feelings for this city in this art journal spread. It is going to be a picture heavy post of details of this spread, so you'll see more after the cut.


It's ok to just breathe

It's ok to just breathe

Today I am sharing the make of a card of which a similar one was published earlier this year in the in May. It's a bit of a personal story why I made this card and this is what I shared with the Craft Stamper's New Beginnings section of the magazine back in May:

What triggered me with this theme is the fact that to me every day is a new
beginning. With every day you can start a new and it's okay if you did "No Thing" and
just breathe. This card is designed to send someone comfort in difficult times, Like
when someone is suffering from a Burn-Out. The traditional "get well soon card" just
isn't what someone needs in that position and I am speaking from experience. The
sentiment "Just breathe, you are here" is so much kinder. It helps one to re-frame
one’s mind and begin again.

When you have suffered from a Burn-Out (like I have now 2 1/2 years ago) it is not in your healing process to receive cards like "hope you'll be your old-self soon" and "get well soon" because it actually works counter productive. Every one of us takes their own time to heal.  So I am sharing the make of this card so that in case you wanted to make something similar to someone who needs to hear this message.

It's ok to just breathe

I started off with covering a gelli printed ghost print with disstress inks and blended them with a blending tool. The colors I chose were pickled raspberry, wild honey and shabby shutters. I thought they made a nice blend together.

It's ok to just breathe

Then I did some stamping with Indigo Blue Ledger & splats, coffee rings from Tim Holtz and spatter drops by Marianne Crafts stamps with Staz-On Royal Purple.

It's ok to just breathe
As my focal point I chose Marsha from Stampotique Originals because I like her and she will be pointing towards the sentiment. She is stamped in black so that when I cut her out and adhere her, the details like shoe laces will be there.

It's ok to just breathe

I colored her in with letraset promarkers (alcohol markers) on sticker paper.

It's ok to just breathe

Fussy cut her out and adhered to the page.

It's ok to just breathe
Grounded her with washi tape and the "you are here" is also a washi tape.

It's ok to just breathe

I added a few more Tim Holtz texture stamps in blue and green colors in the background for more interest and then added the beautiful sentiment from Viva Las VegaStamps!
"sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breathe"

It's ok to just breathe

As a final touch I added some color with distress crayons in the similar colors as the inks I used. 
It was a pleasure to combine stamps as focal point by my 2 fave companies I have the honor to work with, Stampotique Originals and Viva las VegaStamps! 

I really loved making this card design, it was such a calming and healing process. I hope this will also be the case for you and that you can send a card like this to someone whom needs to hear just this message. 

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!