Today, I believe in the power of me

Today I believe in the power of me  
Over at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month we have been challenged to discover our super power or convey a super power you wish you would have. I have thought about it and while I am a fan of all the super heroes comics and movies (my faves being X-men and fave character would be Phoenix), I decided not to portrait a Sci-Fi wish like telekinesis or being able to fly with my own wings (of which either would be cool!) but rather something very human and real but sometimes quite a challenge to obtain, so much so that when you have it, it's a super power on its own. I am talking about confidence which leads to having the power of believing in yourself. And I made a 7x7 cotton art panel to help me remind myself of this fact.

  Today I believe in the power of me
I started off my gluing down left over pieces I have on my desk and in junk boxes (or as Lynn aptly calls then 'TOVERS - which in Dutch actually means 'to make something appear out of nothing- magic' so I really love the words she uses for her super power ability and will borrow her word for this post :) And when the 'tovers are all glued down, I put in a light wash of gesso over it to prime it for the next stage and dull out the back ground tones.

Today I believe in the power of me
I then placed the stencil from Clarity over it, seedling pods, got some Liquitex muted acrylics in violet and turquoise and dabbed that through it with a make up sponge. When I took the stencil off I traced the lines with a white posca marker to get sharper edges and stamped Hera from Carabelle studio on it for placement.

Today I believe in the power of me
I had stamped Hera on marker paper and colored her in with Letraset Promarkers, cut her out and adhered her to the piece with soft matte gel medium. Hera was chosen because of the style she is made, a comic book line drawing, also to give an hommage to the comic book artists out there, like Brett Weldele :)

Today I believe in the power of me
The process after that was fairly organic, I drew in more hair lines with posca black marker and a home made liquitex gold marker (I used a Dahler and Rowney empty mixed media pen and filled it with liquitex gold ink) and black and white splatter with post posca pens.

Today I believe in the power of me
You can see how the gold strands of hair a lot better here. Now the whole piece comes together with the following stamp from Vivs las VegaStamps! and is the title of this post.

  Today I believe in the power of me
Today I believe in the power of me stamp is designed by cat Kerr. Such a beautiful and inspiring sentiment that is! I did something bold and directly stamped this sentiment on the neck/shoulder of Hera (instead of using other papers and placing over what I usually do) and it succeeded in looking like a tattoo! I colored it in with some alcohol markers and left it like that.

Today I believe in the power of me

This is how the final piece looks after I edged it with a black marker. 
Framed and on my wall

And now it hangs in our hallway where I can look upon this reminder every time I walk past it. 

Thanks for the inspiration MMMC!

I would also like to enter this in the following challenges:

STAMPlorations April Mixed Media Challenge

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


MailART Monday: Possibility


This week I have another postcard to share from my masterboard cut out series. It's number 3 of the series. This one has a lot of trims from my other projects. The most notable ones would be from Processing Poppies and Bee happy. Possibility is a leftover from this journal lay out and the stamp "Flying Mona"is from Lost Coast Designs. Out of my DT time at LCD this was one of my faves from the new releases :) Super fun and quirky! The only thing I added extra was color to the image, lots of ink splatters in magenta and gold and marked the edges with a gold pen. This one is on it's way to my partner for a Springtime swap over at Swap-Bot

I would like to enter this piece in the following challenges:

Lost Coast portal to Creativity - fave background technique (using left overs/scrap collages) 
STAMPlorations - Things with wings 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


ATC: Freaky little thing - VLVS!

Today I'm sharing an ATC I have made with wonderful Viva Las VegaStamps! over at the inspiration blog. It's based on this month's challenge inspiration board. 

The gorgeous blue green colors of the mood board inspired me! We'd also like to inspire you with words like SPRING! flowers, doodles, buds, whimsical, patterns, checkerboard, stars, wings, Mary Vogel Lozinak, banners, green, teal, white, black... and whatever else you may be inspired from by seeing the mood board.

I've used a fun and easy resist technique for the background with heavy matte medium and ecoline. I find that the bold complimentary colors make the image on the foreground pop. If you have a look at my blog post over at VLVS! you can see more pictures and info on how I made this piece. Hopefully this will inspire you to play along with this month's challenge as well. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


De-stressing with Oxides

Distress oxides play

A couple of weeks ago I finally had some time to play with my Oxides inks which I got at Hobby Compleet de Duif at Art Specially earlier this month. I may be late to the party and I'm sure you by now have heard all about these products so no in depth review from me, just a few things I have noticed while playing about with them. So I got my craft sheet, oxides, water spritzer and heat tool ready to play!

Distress oxides play
These are the background I have made after just one play session and  I can say that I am absolutely in love with these. You can make amazingly colorful back grounds with wonderful layered colors. The inks do not get muddy as they would with regular distress inks when you're layering. The colors stay crisp and have an interesting effect. Some papers work better than others and I found using water color paper you'll get a crisper look than if you would on regular card stock, but both have a fun effect. The effect changes with the amount of water you use but they all finish with a soft suede like feel to it. For more info on the inks and on how to layer them, see this great video on how Tim Holtz does it at CHA. It's super fun just to lay on color and De-stress and play! 

Distress oxides play
I took a few backgrounds and stamped these indigo blu stamps on them, with ranger dye ink java brown and it already has a stunning effect like this.

Inspire the future

I finished a couple of pages for my journal with these tests and the above page I only added white gel pen and accents with peeled paint distress crayon. Some chit chat stickers and letter stickers to form "look to inspire the future" .
Inspire the future
The second experiment was stamping the eye stamp with Walnut Stain oxide directly onto water color paper and spritz water all over it. That sort of dissolved the image into a blurry mess BUT the spiced marmelade orange background, remained bright and orange. I dried the page and stamped the image again with the ranger Java dye ink and accentuated with walnut stain distress crayon and a white gel pen. 

Definitely loving these effects and there are so many more ways to use them too. Jennifer McGuire has a very useful blogpost and video about it here. I loved seeing how she creates some stunning cards with these inks! Looking forward to use these inks in my upcoming projects!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Always dream - SDC271 guest post

bling it on 2 - Stampotique Originals guest post April

It's my third week as guest designer for Stampotique Originals and the 2nd week for their "bling it on" challenge. This time I chose to do a inspirational layout with Frida as focal point combined with these whimsical elements of Kassa's Bloom. This is done on a 6x6 inch piece of scrap book paper which was gelli printed and matted onto a 6,5 x 6,5 piece of scrapbook paper with a "Fleur de lis" Romantic Paris themed paper.

bling it on 2 - Stampotique Originals guest post April
I stamped the flowers on my spray box excess paper's which had a ton of glitter on it through spraying glimmer mist over it. The flowers were embossed and then I colored the flowers with ecoline and ZIG wink of stella for more color and shimmer. The edges were colored with a black marker to give it some dimension. The white accents were done with a white gel marker. I spattered a lot of liquitex inks in gold over it (that is how I usually get my "bling"). The sentiment "always dream" was cut out with my Making Memories slice. Frida was stamped in sticker paper and colored with Letraset promarkers.

bling it on 2 - Stampotique Originals guest post April
I have the piece framed and put up on my inspiration shelf next to my other inspiration pieces and Cheetara toy collection :) I added some seashells which we got at different beaches and that dragonfly pin I got as a gift from my husband. Really love how it looks on my self here :)

Hope this inspires you to join in the challenge this week at Stampotique Designer's Challenge and link up your project. 

I would love to enter this piece in the following challenges:

Moo mania- faces (thanks again for the invite Susi)
Craft Stamper Take it Make it April challenge
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media April Challenge

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - showers and or flowers

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


ATC: Your Heart Speaks - with process video!

It's been on my mind for a while, recording process video's and sharing them with you. Well this past weekend I have decided, I would do a trail run, see how it would go with filming and how I would get on with editing etc. It was a steep learning curve, I need to adjust my zoom and placing better for one. But Windows Movie Maker definitely makes editing a lot workable. I recorded the process of these ATC's with Stampotique Originals Stamps which I made for the April swap "use your words" over at their facebook groups page.

So here it is, my first process video! I hope you liked it! It's my first video EVER so be gentle, LOL! 

I have been inspired by so many talented people sharing there work on youtube! I'm ever so grateful for their inspirational posts, tips, tricks and techniques. I decided to join in the fun and jump in the deep ;)  Please give a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe to my channel if you want to updated on more videos I post:) I'm ever grateful for your support!

Materials used
Stampotique Originals: Dragonfly, When heart speaks, Daniel's Hearts
The Crafter's Workshop light and fluffy modeling paste, 
Perfect Pearl glimmer mist in Kiwi, 
ecoline ink in magenta, 
wink of stella brush pens, 
Script stencil by Panduro hobby, 
gelli printed deli paper and card stock, 
Paper Artsy paint (on the cardstock), 
distress paints (on the deli paper), 
Alcohol markers. Zig 2-way glue pen. 
ATC dies by Marianne Designs. 

I would like to enter this work in the following challenges: 

Stampotique Originals - Bling it on SDC271 

STAMPlorations - things with wings 

Crafty Cardmakers - Things with wings 

Simon Says Stamp monday challenge Splash it On

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


MailART Monday: A little bit of Kindness

On today's Mail Art Monday I wanted to share a postcard I made from my large masterboard scrap collage. It's great fun to see how all these pieces come together as individual postcards. I adhered the cut up cardboard piece (2 of 13 pieces, see piece number 1 here) onto a tourist postcard with sturdy adhesive and washi tape. Also a great way to use up all your left over postcards you don't know what to do with :) On my desk I still had some stamped words and chose "kindness" and a butterfly to add the to the card. After I sealed it with Modge Podge gold shimmer varnish, I spattered some liquitex inks in magenta over it. Lastly I made "all we need is a little bit of" with my dymo label maker and stuck it to the card. I thought it definitely finishes the piece.


It kinda looked empty without it as you can see above. This card was sent for a swap on Swap-Bot and I hope the recipient will like it. It's good to send out a little kindness every day, don't you agree?

I would like to enter this piece in the following challenge:
STAMPlorations -things with wings

Hope you all are having a wonderful Easter Monday and thank for stopping by!


Shopping Highlight: Kowalski and Gotham Comics in Valencia

This March we've been to Valencia for a week and I wanted to share some highlights with you of shops and places I loved. A note to start off: Valencia is a wonderful and relaxed city, but be aware that the Falles festivities (including ear deafening fireworks!) start from the beginning of March and end on the 19th. While we loved seeing all the wonderful Falles works every neighborhood made, the fireworks was not something I particularly enjoyed. It wasn't a 4th of july, or NYE sparkle show either, it was more a bombardment of firecrackers which were LOUD and SCARY. Honestly, we felt terrified and wished we booked a week later! Never the less, it was a beautiful city, was amazing to see all the Fallas works and definitely an experience to have been there during that time. 

Let's start with one of my fave aria's in the city and that is Russafa (or Ruzafa) which is a popular aria among young creatives. There are several streets on which you can find some amazing fun stores and in the Carrier DĂ©nia on number 20 you will find Kowalski; Cusas Bellas Artes ATC. It's a gallery/arts supply/ vintage/books and shoes store. Now, that is putting the ETC. to work! Eclectic assortment in a small space and definitely worth the visit! 

Kowalski art supplies in Valencia
Storefront during night fall. I love that the shops are open until late :)

Kowalski art supplies in Valencia
This friendly lady gives you a warm welcome at the door. Kowalski art supplies in Valencia 

The store is packed full with art supplies, art work for sale, shoes, books and vintage items.

Kowalski art supplies in Valencia
So much to see in such a small place! I could have spent days there and yes I did return there 3 times, much to the owner's amusement and delight :)

They also had a whole array of sennelier watercolor tubes and acrylics Kowalski art supplies in Valencia
And I found a great watercolor set my lovely husband gave to me for my birthday (I was in the store on my birthday actually a month ago now and it was like being a kid in a candy store!)

On my desk last night, making my own pocket watercolor set by reusing a Koi watercolor sketch set and filling it with Sennelier artist grade water colors. Got the Sennelier set from my hubs @cornelius.grayl as a present :) The koi colors were not my thing
I put the paints in a Koi pocket watercolor travel set of which I took the pans out. I wasn't enjoying those at all so it was time to upgrade! I am loving these sennelier paints very much!

Back to Valencia in Ruzafa, Gotham Comics was also definitely worth the visit since they are the only comic show we encountered which sold comics in English as well! That was the reason my husband went to the store, me... well I found a different reason...

Gotham Comics Valencia has the best shop cat around
and his name is Sami. And he is a sweetheart!

Gotham Comics Valencia has the best shop cat around
This cute black cat greets everyone at the door with a friendly miauw and he certainly stole my heart! 
Gotham Comics Valencia has the best shop cat around
He came for pets and snuggles every time we visited!

Gotham Comics Valencia has the best shop cat around
His owner wasn't too amused Sami kept bothering us while shopping so he was told off, but we know he was just making sure we felt welcome in the store :)

This cute cat was the boss at #gothamcomicsvalencia Great to have met you Sami đź’• #valencia #comic #comics #catsofinstagram #kittycat #blackcat #gato
Thanks Sami for helping me through Cat-withdrawal symptoms while in Valencia!

When you're in the aria have a drink at CafĂ© Berlin, and see here for more shopping tips in the aria. GNOMO is an awesome store with hand made items and illustrations as well.  

Next week I'll share some of my fave stationery stores in Valencia. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Easter weekend!