Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dutch Dare Challenge #25: a hole somewhere on your card

Challenge #25 already on the Dutch Dare. Can't believe thta we are posting challenges for 6 months already. Time goes by so very fast.
and that's why it's a short post today, got to do a million things today.
This weeks challenge is: make a hole somewhere on your card.
And boy mine turned out pretty big. Started with a very small one but and ended up with one that covers almost the front of the card.

Card Details

Papers: Cardstock - Color Core, DP - K and Company

Stamps : Angels - Downloads from CC-Designs, Sentiment - Studio G, Noel Stamp- Stampin-Up

Technique: Pro-Markers and Cuttlebug

Embellishements: Brads and ribbon from stash

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

3 Fabulous new awards

Wow, I received a couple of brandnew awards the last couple of days.
I feel so honoured that there are a lot of ladies pass those great awards on to me.
I received the first award from Cathy, Moni and Zoe.
Thanks you so much for this fabulous award, and so very happy to get this one from you.
The award has such a great sentiment behind it and here is what is says.
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleaverly written text into the body of their award.

The eight ladies I would like to nominate for this award are:









I received this second award from one of my best friends Nikki.
Thanks you so much sweetie, I'm very honoured to receive this award from you.

The rules for this award:
* Pick 5 bloggers that you concider as your best blogging buddies and deserve this award for thier contribubtion toward the blogging community no matter what language.
* State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one's blogs.
* Each blogger (upon accetance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link on the blog that has given her/him the award.
* show these rules.
I would like to pass this award on to:
I received this last award from the sweet Kristin.
Thank you so much, you've made my day with this award.

Because I already passed this award a few weeks back, I would like to pass this on to everybody that hasn't received this award from me before.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A new look and the x-mas and b-day cards challenge

OK, Christmas is still a month away, but with all the snow overhere (it's been snowing for almost 24 hours now and it already looks like christmas) I decided to change my blog right now.
Making a new background wasn't that hard. A new banner is a completely different story.
My good friend Nikki offered me to make my christmas banner and all credit for this goes to her. Thank you so much for this great banner, I wish I could keep this on my blog the whole year :0).
This week the last sketch of the month on the X-mas and B-day cards challenge. If you've entered 2 times or more this month check back monday to see who's the winner of this months surprise package. We also will be having some funny contests/challenges with prizes althrough December, so make sure you don't miss them.
And now for my cards. Remember I showed you my new stamps from a Dutch Company called 'Ollyfant'?
I've jused one of them on my X-mas card.
And for the first time I stamped some swirls on my card. Never done that before and was a bit scared to spoil my card. But it turned out very nice.
My B-day card is a lot easier. I made this card for a little boy and didn't want to put on to much embellishments.

Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP - K and Company
Stamps: Stockings - Ollyfant, Swirls - Autmn Leaves
Technique: Pro-Markers
Embellishments: Pink and Green Stars - Prima, Brads - Rayher
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
xoxo Karin

Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP - SEI
Stamps: CC-designs
Technique: Pro-Markers , Black fineliner
Embellishments: Brads, buttons and Scrappersfloss from stash

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Spoon Full and the High Hopes Challenge

I don't know how the weather is at your hometown but overhere it's getting very close to winter.
Yesterday we had it all: sun, rain, hail, wind and it was very cold.
This morning we had our first snow!!. Not much (it only stays on cars and roofs), but it's still snow. When I look out the window it gives the world a faitytale look. And that's the only thing I love about snow. Most of the time it turns into a big mess after a few hours and the fairytale look is gone.
Today we are going to a Sinterklaas party (A Dutch Childrens festivity, which main event will be on DEC 5th, when this old man is celebrating his B-day with all the children in Holland) at Ron's work.
The girls are really looking forward to this. The whole week they've been asking how many nights they had to sleep and what presents they would get.
I will post a few pictures tomorrow, so all you girls abroad can get an idea of this festivity.
And now for todays card that fits two challenges.
Over at High Hopes Challenge this weeks theme is: Buttons and Brads, and at A Spoon Full Of Sugar it is: Blooming Marvelous.

Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP - Berry Sweet from K and Company
Stamp: High Hopes
Technique: Pro-Markers and Stickles
Embellishments: Flowers - Prima, rest is from stash
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
xoxo Karin

Friday, November 21, 2008

I received the Kreative Blogger Award

I received this great award from two very talented ladies, Heike and Tanja.
Thank you so much for brightening my day with it.

And now for passing it on.
I would like to pass this award to everybody that visits my blog and leaves me all those sweet comments.
Don't forget to check out the blogs of the 2 wunderfull ladies that have given me this great aard.

Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Karin

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dutch Dare #24: 3 flowers on your card

Thursday already, I'm really short on time the last few weeks. I had to make my DT- card for the Dutch Dare Challenge this morning. I'm almost every week late with my DT-card, but this is the first time I had to make one on the day it's going to be posted.
This week on the Dutch Dare Challenge we want you to use 3 flowers on your card. And with everybody being very busy with all kind of things this should be a easy one for you all.
One lucky lady gets to pick a download of their choice from our sponsor this week:
A few months back I ordered some downloads from the Pink Petticoat, but never had the chance to use them. So with them sponsoring this weeks challenge I thought it would be nice to use a download from their shop.

Card Details

Papers: cardstock - Color Core, DP- Basic Grey

Image: download from Pink petticoat

Technique: Pro-Markers

Embellishments: Flowers - Prima, Metal Flower from our local market

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Dutch Stamps

Nothing new to show you today, just a quick post about some gorgeous new Dutch Stamps that have arrived today. Yes, also the Dutch can make great stamps :0)
They are from a Dutch company called 'Ollyfant Stamps'.

I have the Christmas set, but there are 4 more sets.
I think they are so cute and wanted to share those with you.
See you all tomorrow with my DT-card for the Dutch Care Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Karin

Monday, November 17, 2008

X-mas and B-day Cards Challenge: Sketch #7

Week 7 already on the X-mas and B-day cards challenge.
This weeks sketch is made by one of our DT-members, Mada.
Can't believe how fast a week is passing by.
So much to do in so little time.
The last week I've not been feeling to great. Just like half Holland the flu has found it's way in to our home too.
Thank god for inventing aspirine. Because of that I was able to do everything I normaly do, but in a lower gear. I look like a clown (a big red nose from blowing it about a hundred times a day) and I walk like a snale, but generally taken everything is ok.
This week just a birthday card, because the girls were having the flu also, so I've been very busy nursing them too.
To keep up with my challenge of making 1 b-day and 1 x-mas card each week I will show you my x-mas card later this week.

Card Details

Papers: Cardstock - Color Core, DP - My mind's Eye

Stamps: Magnolia, Sentiment - Scrappy Cat

Technique: Aquapencils and waterbrush

Embellishments: Flowers - Prima, Brads- Rayher

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Magnolia christmas gift house

The last two weeks I've been working on my Magnolia Christmas House.
I saw it on someone's blog (sorry can't remember which one) and had to make one of my own.
Needed to figure out the measurements of this little house, but I think it turned out great.
The girls love it so much, they are using it as a house for their toys.
If it has to survive untill christmas I have to put it on the highest shelf there is in the house.

On Paper Craft Planet ( a great community you really have to sign-in for, there's a group called Paper Garden Projects. They want you to make a handmade gift. I did enter my Magnolia House for this contest.
Thanks for stopping by and have a nice Sunday,
xoxo Karin

Winner of the candy for no reason

A big thank you to all of you who have entered my candy.
There were happy stories and some sad stories about who should get the second backpack. I think you all deserve a backpack, but there are only 2 of them.
Be sure to check back regularly to see if I have posted a new candy for no reason.
And now the winner of my candy for no reason.
The winner is........

free glitter text and family website at
Please send me a email for all the details.
Have a great weekend,
xoxo Karin

A little candy for no reason

This post will stay on top untill Nov. 14th.
For all new posts scroll down.
This weekend I came across this cute backpack.
You'll find the tutorial here.

This backpack is filled with some cute goodies (not to big because it's small bag).
Curious on it's content???..
The only thing I can tell you it has got this cute Alota stamp in it, the rest will be a surprise.
And you know what I'm giving away 2 of those backpacks.

What do you have to do to get your hands on it.
1. spread the word about my candy on your blog.
2. become a follower of my blog.
3. Leave a comment at this post.
4. Name one person who you think deserves the second backpack and why.
If you don't want to tell the story on my blog, send me a email with your story.
Winner will be announced on Saturday Nov 15th.
Good luck everyone.
xoxo Karin

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dutch Dare # 23: No funstamps on your card

Thursday again, and that means a new challenge on the Dutch Dare Card Challenge.
This weeks theme:
No funstamps on your card. The only stamps allowed are sentiment or quote stamps.
For one lucky lady there are 2 great sentiment stamps which are part of the Angel Company collection, donated by one of our DT-members Dianette.
This is my first card ever without any stamps (not even a sentiment or quote stamp).
Very strange to make cards without stamps, but I think it turned out prety nice.

Card Details:

Paper: cardstock- Bazzill, DP - Dreamstreet (wonderland Sparkle), snowman and sentiment - Octoberafternoon (good cheer cardstockstickers).

Technique: Cuttlebug, Stickles

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2 great awards and I've been tagged

The last few days I received two beautifull awards from two very talented ladies.
I received the "I love your blog"award from Christine. Thanks you so much for this great award, you've made my day with it.
I'm going to pass this award to everybody that hasn't received this award from me before.
It's always so hard to pick just a few ladies for this award. But I think you all have fabulous blogs and create wonderfull things, so this one is for all of you.

I received the second award from the talented Myrt. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm very proud to receive this great award.

And now for the rules of this award

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.

3. Nominate 5 blogs.

4. Put links to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Here are 5 bloggers which I have decided to pass this award on to. It is so difficult to choose blogs to send this award to as there are so many talented, creative girls ......but I will try my best!
1) Heidi

2) Kelly

3) Linda

4) Nikki

5) Zoe


And last but not least I've been tagged by my good friend Kristin.

Thanks dear :).

Now I have to reveal 7 truths about myself. I'm not that interesting, but here we go:

1) I hate the so called Sundaydrivers. Driving 30 where 50 is allowed, not knowing which way to go etc. I can get very aggitated when there's one in front of me.

2) I always buy at least two bags of candy (mostly drop) when I'm at the grocerystore, and by the end of the day at least one of them is empty. That's why I only shop twice a week.

3) I can't sit still. Even when there's a great movie on tv, I have to do all kinds of things during the breaks.

4) I'm affraid of big dogs. When I'm walking with Jacky ( A Jack Russel) I take another route when I see big dogs coming my way.

5) I hat people who want to be right at all cost. Even when they know they are wrong. I won't give in when I know they are wrong, which gives long discussions which I hate also. Can't help it.

6) My least favorite housekeeping job is ironing, and because it is, I iron 2 till 3 times a week. This way it only takes me 30 minutes each time instead of 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

7) I'm addicted to books about Egypt. when I see one in the bookstore I have to buy it. Eversince I was little girl I had something with this country. In 2000 we spent a great week on a boat visiting all those great sites.

YES!!!! I've completed my list of 7 truhts.

Wanna konw another truth? It took my several days to think of those 7 things!!

And now I have to tag 7 ladies. Hope you don't mind it will be 9.

We have got a lot of new DT-members on the Dutch Dare Card Challenge.

This way I will get to know them a bit better.

Sandra - Monika - Jennifer - Kathy

Desire - Wilma - Dianette - Tamara - Stephanie

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Monday, November 10, 2008

sketch #6 on X-mas and B-day cards challenge

Can't believe it's Monday evening already.
This weekend was a lot of fun and a bit of work.
Last Friday I took my mum to a crafting show in Utrecht (a hour drive when there are no traffic jams). At first I didn't want to go, but as some of you know my mum has been in the hospital for about 8 times in the last year. Finally she's starting to feel better and I thought a nice day out would do her some good. We both had a great time and did buy some nice things. It was so great to see my mum smiling and haveing a good time.
Saturday it was a busy day at work and that night we had our little niece over to spend the night.
She's adorable and very easy going, but when you are 1 year old everything is very interesting, so I needed eyes in the front and back of my head.
Sunday afternoon we took our girls to a indoor playground. They also had the time of their lives overthere. After 3 hours of running, jumping and climbing the lights went out as soon as we were in the car.
And now on to the cards I made for the x-mas and b-day cards challenge.
This weeks sketch is made by one of our DT-members: Simone.
Card details:
Papers: Cardstock- Bazzill, DP - Basic Grey and Fancy Pants (happy holliday)
Stamp: Whipper Snapper, sentiment ??
Technique: Pro-Markers
Embelishments: Flowers - Prima, x-mas tree a gift from my good friend Nikki

Card Details:

Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP- My mind's Eye (Just Dreamy)

Stamp: Whiper Snapper

Technique: Pro-Markers

Embelishments: Flowers - Prima

Thanks for stoppig by and have a nice evening,

xoxo Karin

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dutch Dare Challenge #22: Anything but a card

Starting this week we have got 4 ladies to reinforce the Dutch Dare Challenge Design Team.
And wauw, they did create some fabulous things for their first challenge.
This weeks challenge on the Dutch Dare is to make anything but a card.
I wanted to show you a little giftbox I created, but when I saw there were already 2 similar giftboxes, I decided to enter something else.
It's also a giftbox but with a completely different disign.
Perfect for a christmas present.

Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP- DCWV
Stamp: Magnolia
Technique: Pro-markers, Stickles, Nestabillities
Embellishments: ribbon and brads from stash

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
xoxo Karin

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Morehead Angel for A spoon full of Sugar

This morning I had to go into town, to buy some trousers for the girls. They didn't want to wear them for more than a year, but now those are the only things they want to wear. Ruby still has some from last year, but Britt is starting to grow (finally) and doesn't fit anything. There are only 3 trousers left for her to wear, so I keep washing them. After I found some for them I stopped by our local scrapbookstore and saw this cutie.
Tell me, who can resist such a cute face? They had several more, but with christmas on the way I thought this little angel would do great on some christmas cards.

And of course I had to use this little angel right away.
This week there's a great sketch for us to follow on a Spoon Full of Sugar.

Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Bazzill, DP - Imaginisce (baby powder)
Stamps: All Morehead
Technique: Pro-Markers, Nestabillities, Stickles
Embellishments: from stash
Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Karin

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sketch #5 on X-mas and B-day cards challenge

goodmorning to you all. I hope you all had a relaxing and creative weekend.
My weekend was filled with work, paying my mother-in-law a visite because it was her B-day yesterday and a visiting some friends last night.
So not much time to craft and blog this weekend.
But I'm planning to catch up today and tomorrow. I have some projects in my mind which I hope to show you this week.
Week #5 already on the X-mas and B-day cards Challenge already.
I did finish both cards before the weekend ( I knew how busy my weekend was going to be), but I had sleepless nights about the B-day card I made.
I wasn't happy with the way it turned out.
So this morning I did some speedcrafting and created a new one ( the stickles on it were still wet when the picture was taken).
Card Details
Papers: Cardstock - Color Core, DP - My Mind's Eye (Just Dreamy 2)
Stamps: I have really no idea (there were all a gift).
Technique: Pro-Markers, stickles, Cuttlebug
Embellishments: All from stash

Card Details

Papers: Cardstock - Color Core, DP - Bo Bunyy (Holliday Cheer)

Stamp: Hangler

Technique: Pro-Markers, Cuttlebug

Embellishments: silver snowflakes - christmas decorations (cut in pieces) from a local Dutch Shop, the rest is from stash.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

xoxo Karin

Saturday, November 1, 2008

2 awards

This week I received 2 great awards from 2 great ladies.
I received the 'I love your blog' award from Dawn Marie.
Thank you so much for this great award, you've made my day with it.

The second award is given to me by Begona.
It's a Spanish one and translated it means: Feeling like a child.
And you know what: when I'm crafting I'm feeling like a child: I get to play with papers, scissors, glue and the most fun thing colouring all those great images.
Thank you for this great award.

Because I already passed the 'I love your blog' award and I have no idea to how many ladies I can pass on the second award, I'm passing on those two award to all the ladies that read my blog and leave such sweet comments every time.
Have a great weekend,
xoxo Karin