Life is short. Drink Good Coffee!

Life is short, drink good coffee

Today I have a fun card to share with all Coffee lovers out there. As soon as I saw these stamp sets from STAMPlorations, I knew I had to have a few of them!! I went for the Anywhere there's coffee stamps and die set because of the above statement. So true!! Why waste your life drinking bad/mediocre coffee, right?! So last night I made a fun, quick and easy card with the Mug and coordinating die. The little hearts are made with the Candy Hearts die from Poppy Stamps, by the way.

Life is short, drink good coffee
I used the die cuts to cut out the mug and small hearts on patterned paper. Then I glued it down to a piece of coffee stained paper of which I had several lying about. Stamped in the Tim Holtz Coffee rings and splatter stamp all over and a bit inside the mug cut out. Stamped the mug and sentence with Staz On Jet black. Gave the mug a bit of shadows and accents with Tombow markers. Matted the piece on to black card stock and gave some gold and black/white accents with washi tape. For the hearts I used an inlaid layered die cut technique I saw Jennifer Mcguire doing in one of her video's. Mine definitely didn't turn out as dimensional as hers, but that's because I have only used 2-3 layers tops to get them a little raised. I also used my red wink of Stella glitter pen and glossy accents and let the hearts dry over night. They definitely do look a lot more like Candy Hearts IRL! Loved doing this technique even though it was a pain to get all the little hearts to line up and glued together! The result was worth it though!

Coffee lovers must have stamp sets from STAMPlorations
Here is a close up of the coffee stamp sets I have bought at STAMPlorations. You can see all the phrases on the Anywhere there's coffee stamp set and I have also gotten a Coffee Petites stamp set (of which I used the round stitched die cut here) and those are so fun to use for ATC's! Can't wait to use those next!

I also wanted to share something fun the STAMPlorations blog is doing; a new release and wishlist party bloghop!

Shery and her team are celebrating their 4th anniversary with a wishlist part where, if you link up your stamplorations whishlist, like I have, you can win some prizes from it! The generosity is just beyond measure really with over 200$ worth of prizes to be won! I am loving the new words stamps and die cut sets!! And seeing they also have a Sale going on now, I couldn't help myself and ordered a few items from my wishlist anyway ;) By the way, no affiliation here what so ever, just a happy customer gladly helping out a small business (whom offer GREAT products!!)

I would also like to enter my card to these following challenges:
Cutploration challenge June - inspired by the red color and well you need Coffee with any cake, right? ;) 

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great cuppa coffee today :)


WIP: a nebula of sea glass (FPNL club meet edition)

Another fun pen meet up happened today! See my stories for a short film 😊 This time in Utrecht at Cafe Broers. Was great seeing you all and trying out your fun #fountainpens Until next time FPNL peeps!! @serrulata @italogos @janinescribbles and othe

So last weekend on Saturday there was a mini summer meet of our wonderfully growing Fountain pens the Netherlands facebook group. We called it mini as about 15 members attended (in contrast to last time where there was nearly 40 attending) It was a bit unsure if I was able to make it due to another appointment, but thankfully the day freed up! So I could happily chat with my fellow FPgeeks about our newest acquisitions on pens and ink and try each other's, not exactly Every day carry, but the pens they had inked up at the moment. The table shot above shows only a portion of the long table the group shared and the fun we had. The pen tray in the middle and the corner left pen pouch are mine, by the way. Oh and Janine (you can see her lovely handwriting at the right on the Tracing paper) had the brilliant idea of having a Pannenkoek for lunch (wish I had thought of that!) hence the sweet powder sugar and syrup on the table.

In preparation of yesterday's FPNL club meet, I did my currently inked listing. Was great to ink up my old faves, the Namiki Falcons again.  #rockyourhandwriting #currentlyinked #inked #fpn #fountainpennetwork #FPGeeks #toolsofthetrade #whatsonmydesk #pen
In preparation for the pen meet, I made a currently inked listing and made sure to include a special pen which arrived only a week before. The Edison Nouveau Premiere Spring LE Seaglass from Goulet Pens Co. You can see it on this desk shot, which I am sharing over at The Stamping ground for WOYWW #422, it's the blue and pink swirly pretty one! Let me show you a close up.

Prompt 15 of #rockyourhandwriting is #actsofkindness and this is something I truely believe. Pen: Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass Spring 2017 from @gouletpens  Ink: @robertostersignature Cherry Blossom  Paper: @stalogy A6 365 journal . . . #FPN #fountain
There... now ain't that a pretty one? I have inked it up with Robert Oster Cherry Blossom, as it's fitting to the pink swirls in the pen. I did have to smooth out the nib though, as it wrote quite scratchy out of the box (which was unusual because most of the time these nibs are 100% smoothed and ready to write) Fortunately I have a nib smoothing kit and it took me no time to get it tuned and ready to write :) Those swirls also really inspired me to make some mixed media goodness.

These sea glass swirls are inspiring
I made a little background for an art journal using a marble swirl stencil, Liquitex modeling paste and Lindy's Stamp gang magicals. So much Swirly goodness! I even took it one step further and played around with some digital overlays.

These sea glass swirls are inspiring
I am experimenting with some digital enhancements of my art and I really love the way this is looking :) A sea glass nebula!! Oh how i wish that pen material actually existed!! But now I think it's in need on some sparkly, shiny ink, don't you think? maybe the new Nemosine Blue Snowball Nebula sparkly ink? Or I should just "shop my stash" and find a Diamine shimmering ink for it :) 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hop by your desk later this week. 
Have a wonderful day!


Reduce, reuse, recycle - clean up ATC's!

Reuse, reduce, recycle - clean up ATC's

A few weeks ago I showed you a corner of my messy desk where I was busy using up scraps from left over projects on ATC's. Today I am showing you the results.

Reuse, reduce, recycle - clean up ATC's

These were made for a swap on Swap-Bot (clean up ATC's) which was hosted by Trinette and the objective was to create some artfully designed ATC's using scraps only. And yes, I have used scraps only to make these 6 cards, but instead of cleaning up my desk, the craps looked to multiply, LOL!

Reuse, reduce, recycle - clean up ATC's
I tried to make a triptych of each set, with a motivational saying/sentence on each card. Some of them kinda resulted in "Engrish fortune cookie wishes", ha, but it was fun to put them all together.

Reuse, reduce, recycle - clean up ATC's
Like I said, I used scraps from various projects, the Frida image is a mask I used for this project for example and I am pleasantly surprised the composition of each individual card came together like this. I also found that I like rounding off my cards with a corner punch, so it looks more like a collectible playing card.

Reuse, reduce, recycle - clean up ATC's

So hanging on to your little craps can definitely be of some use! Trinette is also hosting the swap over at her instagram (though it's on summer break for now) and on Swap-Bot so check it out over in the fall if you are interested :)

I would like to enter these in the following challenges:
Try it on Tuesday - Letters, numbers or both

Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge June - Flowers
 (3 of the ATC's here have partial flowers in them)
Also super exciting HLS is hosting an ATC challenge!
Not many of them are out there!

ATC around the world challenge #30 - Flowers

Mix It Up - anything goes plus option stamping

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Mail Art Monday: Received Swaps Feature VLVS!

Hey friends, on today's Mail Art Monday, I wanted to do something different. You have seen me reveal all the swaps I sent, but I am sure you are also wondering about the swaps I receive. Well I thought it would be fun to periodically show some fun envies I get in the mail from talented artists out there. Today I am featuring some envies I got in the mail from our Viva Las VegasGroupies swap on facebook from last month. It was a color these with grey and blue and you could only use VLVS! images.

Received this wonderful piece of #mailart from my @vivalasvegastamps DT-mate  Shanna! It's super gorgeous and that banksy quote stamp is on my wishlist for sure! We have monthly swaps going on at our FB group, Viva Las Vegastamps Groupies if you want to c

This lovely envelope was made by my fellow DT member Shanna Shands.  I love the gorgeous airy feel it has and the quote stamp from Banksy is just fantastic! By the way, the fountain pen on this envelope which I used to cover my address is the Sailor Pro Gear Slim Four Seasons Haruzora Sky Blue.

Received mail art from Stuff by Belle
This envelope is sent to me by Michele Kosciolek (also our swap host of the group) and I love the circular theme she used and that vintage image on the top left corner is beautifully placed. I actually ordered this stamp as well as it's such a great image. The fountain pen I used to cover my address here is the Edison Nouveau Premier Spring edition 2017 Seaglass from Goulet Pens Co. 

Thanks so much ladies fro your wonderful swaps :) Also be sure to check out our Mail Art Monday posts over at Viva Las VegaStamps! to see tutorials and join our groupies FB page to be notified for monthly swaps! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Art Journal: Enlighten we are on a spiritual journey

Art journal: spiritual journey

Today I would like to show you an experiment in my art journal using heat embossing over modeling paste. I've used the enlighten stencil from Donna Downey Studio's as my focal point in combination with this amazing Journey Collage stamp from Stampotique Originals.


I started off by prepping an A5 page with black and gold gesso from The Crafter's Workshop. Then I took my pallet knife and scraped some light and fluffy modeling paste (also from TCW)  through the stencil. I let this dry really well.

To add some color I sprayed some Dylusions sprays in yellow and red over it and some perfect pearl glimmer mist too. It gives the gesso's background also a really beautiful shimmery shine.

Art journal: spiritual journey
Sadly I don't have a in between photo of the embossed parts, because I had to work quickly but patiently not to over heat anything. I first stamped Carabelle Studio effervescence stamp and the Journey Collage stamp by Stampotique Originals with versamark and interference violet  WOW embossing powder over it. I heat set everything with my heating tool in parts making sure things didn't bubble up.  Then I took the effervescence stamp and stamped with versamark again on the corners and embossed with Opaque white embossing powder. I did the same thing with the words "we are on a spiritual journey" to emphasize that sentiment. When everything was heat set I spayed more sunshine yellow dylusions spray on the bulb and added neocolor in back for outline and shading. The word enlighten is outlines with a black posca marker. It's a gorgeous shimmery page in real life and I just love this mindful art journal page. 

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

Combining #32 and #36 of this past year's challenges

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


WIP: It's all coming 'round (F* yes, we can!)

When going out for a day at the beach, the pens come out and play too 😊 These two pretties are from @woodshedpenco  . . . #FPN #fountainpennetwork #fpgeeks #supportsmallbusiness #fountainpen #penaddict #stationeryaddict #papsweden #stalogy #enjoylit
This past weekend was an amazingly hot one. We needed to get out of the house and we went to the beach for a nice walk. We wound up in Katwijk aan Zee where on Sunday the parking is free. Needless to say we were not the only people with this idea! So after a bit of driving to get a parking spot, we had some nice fresh fried Kibbelingen and off to walk to Noordwijk, which is about 45 minutes of leisurely walking. There we sat ourselves down, had a beer (or two) and a Fentimans Rose Lemonade (which is AMZINGLY GOOD - T-Stands for Tuesday girls, have you tried this beverage?!)  and out came our "toys" aka pocket notebooks and fountain pens for a little play session. The above pens are made by Woodshed pen Co, the Creme Brulee I did a post on a little while ago and behold the "mojito"! A thing of beauty!! I just love that minty sea green material. See a fun video of it HERE. After a shared Pizza and dessert, we had our evening walk back to the car. My calves still hurts from all the walking, but it was an amazing day!

Some fun things you can do with stamp and die sets (these are from @stamplorations ) and old 365 #mindfulness calender from @flow_magazine - cut the images out in shapes for buntings or textures for in your artjournal like I have done 😊 . . . #craft
My work in progress for this week is this die cutting project I am doing. Which is incidentally also a question raised at the WOYWW #421 post of today over at Julia's Blog - what is your fave cutting appliance? Mine would be my under used Cuttlebug! I have a flow magazine 365 perpetual mindfulness calendar. But after having it for 5 years, I am perpetually done with it! And of course I could just not throw it away, how mindful would that be? LOL, so I took a little round stamp and die which I bought from SPAMPlorations and put it to good use. I cut out a whole bunch of different images with this fun stamp & die and worked on an art journal page.

Fuck yes, I can - art journal
Here you see the journal page in progress. It has a circular theme to it with coordinating stencils (the crafter's workshop and carabelle studio) and stamping in the molding paste. I'm sorta sad I didn't do a process video for this one because the end result looks TOTALLY different from what you see here now. So I am glad remembered to show at least one work in progress picture here.

Fuck yes, I can - art journal
This is what the background looks like with added color and texture. It's always amazing to see how much color can transform a look of things. I used dylusions paints, caran dáche oil pastels, some Dina Wakley Scribble sticks here and there, dylusions and stampotique texture stamps and black fine liner paint (those handy dandy little squeeze bottles from Dina Wakley) for the circular outlines. I was contemplating on what to put on the pages or just leave it like this. But I had something that would fit just right...

Fuck yes, I can - art journal
This little well dressed lady is cut out from a vintage fashion mag and I just loved the way she looked here. Grey tones on a colorful background, it just fit. Of course, she needed to say something. And the look she has, tell me this...

Fuck yes, I can - art journal
The sentiment is contracted from two different stamps from VLVS, Fuck Head and Yes I can. With a black border around it I called this one done :)

I would like to enter this journal page to the following challenges: 
And seeing I used a STAMPlorations product I am entering the never ending anything goes challenge as well :) 

Pop this on your blog to find us fast!

June is 'Flock of birds' with this juicy mood board

I am sure that we ladies are in it together (as a flock of birds) saying "fuck yes, WE can!"

Also wanted to mention that Dina Wakley and Ranger Ink have launched a new monthly challenge which is called "show us your MEdia" which invite artists to show their art work over at their social media with #showusyourMEdia. How I incorporate ME in my media? Well I always try to show ME in the work I am doing, a little quirkiness and humor, are always things I try to add. This spread being no exception. I don't really write in art journals but I do like to incorporate text stamps to phrase a particular sentiment I might be feeling at that point. Or to vocalize a tone the work I have done is saying. Thank for this fun new challenge Dina Wakley and team!

And with that mouthful I am wrapping things up today. 
Have a great day and see you again soon :)

There is a Universe Inside - VLVS!

Hi friends! It's my turn over at the VLVS! inspiration blog and here's a sneak peak I'm sharing of a card I made. I used various lush VLVS! to make this sentiment card and some perfect pearl glimmer mist for some shimmer and shine. So head on over to my VLVS! blogpost to see the full image of the card and which stamps I used :)

Also don't forget our Monthly Challenge is still running with the Flock of Birds challenge and this gorgeous mood board

AND there are some awesome new releases out for this summer! Check them out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day :)


Mail Art Monday - Celebrate!


Hi friends, hope you all had an amazing weekend and a wonderful fathers day yesterday. It's monday so I have another fun project to share for this week's Mail Art Monday. It's a postcard from my Scrap Collage master board series. So this piece is cut from that huge master board  which I showed you a while back. This is piece 5 I think... I have been working on many at the same time so I lost track of how many pieces I made already. Anyhow, this one I had not added much to except for some color and stars. I used some white gesso over the card leaving out the Lady (which is from Carmen's Veranda) and then added some color with Marubu watersoluble crayons. I then took a yellow sharpie and scribbled in some starry texture with a STAMPlorations stencil (which I won from last month's challenge, yay!), then added some star sticker, spatters with white gesso and a black border with a Krink Marker. Love how the image of the woman just pops out. 

I would like to enter this in the following challenges 
LCD challenge for this month of the theme Postcards (super fun challenge and very easy, so join in the fun :) 

Have an awesome Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!


Art Journal: Imagine (+ process video)


I've recently found a little Junk Mail Art journal back which a friend from Swap-Bot sent me for swap a while back. It's the perfect journal to help me get rid of left over pieces I am forever seem to be collecting! I've managed to record the process of this page and I'm doing a little flip through of the empty journal in the beginning as well.

I've used a lot of texture and spray paints for this one.

Some home made sprays with Lindy's magicals. They have such a wonderful shimmer to them!

The focal point of the page is a silhouette stamp from Visible Image and text stamp from Impression Obsession. A list of supplies is below the video...

Hope you enjoyed the process video :)

Supplies used:
Art Basics Soft Matte Gel Medium 
Liquitex Flexible Molding paste 
Claudine Helmut Studio gesso 
Lindy's Magicals made in spray form: hi Maintenance Magenta, Turbine Teal, Guten tag Teal
Kipper's hobby shunshine burst 
Tissue paper
left over scraps and pieces 
Stencils from the dollar store Action
Tim holtz reflection stamp
Visible image head full of dreams stamps
Imagine text stamp from impression obsession
Stabilo ALL pencil in blue
Pentel Water brush
Pentel white gel pen
Caran d'Ache Neocolor Oil pastels
Black pearl rub ons 

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Touchy Feely

STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge June

 Art Journal Journey June - Circles theme
you can see recycling as a circular process, right? :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!