Tuesday, September 30, 2008

First challenge on High Hopes challenge Blog

Last Saturday High Hopes Stamps has launche their own challengeblog.
to celebrate the kick-of one lucky lady will receive over a dozen of the new released stamps. Challenge #1 is to make a birthdaycard and include brads in your design.
Here's what I came up with....

It's a very big folded card. I saw this card on someone's blog (I forgot who's). I wanted to use a lot of stamps on my card and this one is perfect for that many stamps.
The measurements I used are as follows: 2 pieces of cardstock 15 cm x 30cm. Score the first piece of the cardstock at 15cm and fold (this makes the tallest part at the back).
Then score the second piece at 3cm, 12cm, 21cm and 25.5. Stick the 3cm fold to the bottom of the first card. Fold all the other score lines to create the concertina effect.
Card details:
Cardstock: Color Core
Design Paper: Anna Griffin
Stamps: high Hopes, Setniment text is also Hogh Hopes but made on the computer
Technique: aquapencils and waterpencil
Embellishments: Scrappersfloss, velvet laces and brads from Bazzill.
Thanks for stopping by,
xoxo Karin

Monday, September 29, 2008

Silly Monkey DT-call

Finally it's weekend for me. Normaly I work every Saturday afternoon, but the past two weeks I had to work the whole weekend. But now the kids are at school, hubby is at work and I have the most part of the day for me!! Have to do a million things today but I wanted to make this post first.
Over at Silly Monkeys they are looking for a new DT-member. Untill last Friday you could enter by following a sketch made by Nikki.
And because I liked the sketch and wanted to make a card anyway, I thought why not give it a shot.
When I hopped over to the Silly Monkey blog just a few minutes ago I saw to my surprise I made it to the last 18!! Yippie!! Never thought I made a chance with all those great ladies entering the DT-call.
For stage 2 they want us to show us 3 creations that we think is out best work and most representing our style. So ladies please let me know what you think is my best work so far.
And now for the card I made for this DT-call.
It's a x-mas card in not so traditional colours. I love the purple and pink. Papers are from Basic Grey (Fruitcake), flowers are from Prima and the cute image is a Precious Moments.
The sentiment is made on the computer (I've got to get me some x-mas sentiment stamps).

Thanks for stopping by
xoxo Karin

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fridaysketch #8

Where does time go. It's friday already and that means a new sketch and card.

Last week has been so very busy that all my cards are a last minute action. In fact, the glue was still wet when the picture was taken (about 10 minutes ago).

And the coming week it will be the same. I have to work the whole weekend and that means one day less of crafting.
The sketch and supplies for this card were on my desk for about a week, but just this morning I had the time to make this one.
The papers used are from Basic Grey (fruitcake), the big snowflake is made with the cuttlebug and the sentiment is made on the computer.
Feel free to use this sketch to create your own card. I would love it, if you leave me a comment when you've used it, so I can hop over to admire your card.

Don't forget to hop over to the Dutch Dare Challenge blog. There's a great Whiff of joy stamp and christmas papers for one lucky lady this week.

I hope you all will have a great weekend.

xoxo Karin

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dutch Dare Challenge #16: A card for a boy/man

Last Tuesday I went shopping with the girls.
Ruby was very easy going and liked everything. At one point I had to say to her that we had more than enough for the time being. Britt was angry because she couldn't have a icecream and didn't like anything. Very frustrating. After one hour running in and out a lot of shops, we had bags full of clothes for Ruby and nothing for Britt. When we were back at the first shop I told her to pick something or we would go home with nothing for her, suddenly everything she disliked before was 'so cool'. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
Both are very happy with their new clothes and I'm hoping we don't have little wars at morning when I ask Britt what to wear today.
Enough about the kids and shopping. Back to today.
This weeks challenge on the Dutch Dare Challenge is to make a card for a boy/man.
I think these are the most difficult card to make. and the ironie of this is: I made this challenge myself.
But I've managed to make one.
Papers are from My Mind's Eye, chipboard sentiment from a local Dutch shop, and the little star is drawn by hand.

Hope you all have a great day.

xoxo Karin

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

1 Card for 2 challenges

A quick post today. Have to pick up the kids in half an hour and I'm going to take them shopping in town.
Ruby has grown so much she really needs some new winter clothes. And for Britt... she doesn't grow very fast (doesn't eat much and is very active so she burns everything direcltly) but every morning we have a small war about what to wear that day. I've tried to pick her clothes the night before so I don't have this early at morning, but the next morning she decides they aren't "cool'' and the whole drama starts again. I'm going to let her choose some things she really likes hoping our mornings will be quiet.
This morning I made a card thats suits 2 challenges.
Over at Sketch Saturday there's a great sketch to follow and at Cutecard Thursday they want to see food on your card.
Because I had to make a birthday card to complete my own challenge ( at least 1 x-mas and 1 B-day card each week) I used a nice cupcake stamp.
The papers I've used are from EK-Success ( Stacey Clair Boyed).
The stamp is colored with my H2O's and watercolorpencils.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

xoxo Karin

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by my good friend Linda.
The rules are:
1. Link your tagger and list the rules on the blog
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of the post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blog.
Ok, 7 facts about me:
1. Ron, Ruby and Britt are the most precious things I have. They mean the world to me and I would do anything for them.
2. I drive a red Cinquecento wich we call a dwarf car.
3. I spend way to much time on my computer. Can't help it, I love to watch all those great blogs.
4. I've got a lot of Designer Papers that I'm not using because I think they are to pretty to use.
How mad can you be?
5. Every night before I go to sleep I watch some tv in bed. Even when I'm home at 1.30 am after work.
6. When I'm sad or having a bad day, there's only one therapy: SHOPPING
I would like to tagg the following ladies:
Ladies, I can't wait to read some facts about you.
Thanks for stoping by.
xoxo Karin

Monday, September 22, 2008

A spoon Full Of Sugar: Christmas card

This weeks challenge over at A Spoon Full Of Sugar is to make a christmas card.
Because I challenged myself to make at least 1 Christmascard and 1 Birthdaycard (I'm always short of those and have to make them last minute) I had to enter this one.
For this card I've used a piece of DP I can't remember the name of , because it's a left over from last year with no name on it. The embossed swirls are made with the Cuttlebug. The sweet Hangler stamp is colored with my new pro-markers and I've used a lot of stickles on it, which don't show on the picture.

Thanks for stopping by.
xoxo Karin

Saturday, September 20, 2008


A big thank you to all you great ladies who have entered my blogcandy.
I loved reading your sweet comments, and visiting your blogs.
The girls are having a sleepover at my parents house, so I had to do the drawing of the 2 lucky winners myself.
Here we go.
The winner of my 10,000 hits candy is:

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And the winner of the second prize is:

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Congratulations to you both.
Could you please send me a email with your address so I can send you the goodies
Have a great weekend
xoxo Karin

Friday, September 19, 2008

Candy Time, I'm almost at 10,000 hits

This post wil stay on top untill Friday September 19th.
Newer posts belowe this one.
I've almost reached 10,000 visitors on my blog in only 5 months time.
So I think it's time for a little candy.
What do you have to do for it.
Well not much.
Make a post on your blog telling everybody about my candy, and than leave a comment on this post.
If you link me to your blogroll too, you'll be getting a second entry.
Candy closes on Friday September 19th.
I will pick the winners the day after.

And now for the candy:

The winner can pick a stamp from a shop called the trendy woelmuis. They make stamps with your own name on it. Take a look on their website for more stamps.
On the picture belowe you see an example. You can pick the one you like.

The winner also will receive one of the 2 packages you see on the picture (the winner can pick the first package).

The package includes a glitter paperpack, felt alphabet stickers, a big flower, ribbon and stampprints (those are not on the picture).

The second price winner will recieve the other package.

Good luck to you all.

xoxo Karin

Fridaysketch #7

It's friday already, in half an hour I have to pick up the girls from school and than it's over with the quietnes. They have found a secret house somewhere in thg bushes and I have promissed them to have a look at it this afternoon. If there is one thing I don't like it's crawling trough bushes with all it's ugly creatures.
But I always tell them you have to keep your promiss, so I'll be crawling through bushes lateron.
Back to todays sketch and matching card.
It's a very simple sketch, perfect for the rather busy papers I used, they are from Making Memories and I'm totaly in love with this line of papers.
Feel free to use my sketch for your own use.
I would love to hear from you when you've used my skecth.
Just leave a comment on this post and I'll hop over and watch your creation.

(sorry for the small image, I'll try and upload a bigger one later)

Have a great weekend,

xoxo Karin

I received another great award.

I received this great new award from my friend Nikki.
Thank you so much for this great award, you've made my day with it.

There are no rules for this award. So finally I can pass it on to who ever I want.

I'm passing this on to a whole bunch of ladies who's blogs I stalk almost everyday because I think they create beautifull things.

So here we go:

Dawn - Debby - Elise - Gunilla - Hanne - Heidi

Heike - Annie - Jacqui - Kelly - Krista - Linda - Michelle

Moni - Rach - Zoe - Nikki -Tanja - Jill - Jennifer - Heidi

Thank you ladies for making me smile with your creations.

Have a great weekend,

xoxo karin

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dutch Dare # 15: No square edges on your card

Thanks to everyone that have entered our previous challenge on the Dutch Dare. It's been a joy watching all your beautifull cards.
This weeks theme on the Dutch Dare Challenge is:
Earlier this week in challenged myself (and everyone else who's short on birthday- and christmas cards every time) in making at least 1 b-day card and 1 christmas card each week.
Well for this week I've reached my goal. Untill the end of the year I have to make 15 card of both categories. I've finished 1 from both. Wauw, what a acchivement.
For my DT-card I've used papers and tags from The Paper Salon.
The beautifull Christmas flowers are from Primamarketing.
Some dewdrops, rubb-ons from Bo-Bunny and brads from Rayher for the finishing touch.

Note: I think this is the most embellished card I've ever made.

Normaly I keep it simple, but I really like the result.

Thanks for stopping by

xoxo Karin

I love your blog award

I received this great award from 2 great ladies: Krista and Anita.
Thank you for this great award, you've made my day with it.

Because I've received this award before I am passing on to everybody who's visiting my blog en leave me all those great comments.

Have a great day,

xoxo Karin

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Our Creative Corner

Birthday cards and Christmas cards. You can't seem to have enough of them. I'm always late creating those two type of cards. On the 'Happy Birthday' Blog we have 36 ladies, sending each other birthdaycards, and with family and friends added to those 36, I think I need about 90 Birthday cards each year. And with all the Christmas cards I have to send this year, I think I need to get me someone for housekeeping.
Am I the only one who's always starting late with this or am I not so different from all of you?
I'm going to set myself a goal: from now on I will create 1 birthday card, and 1 christmas card every week. If you want to join me in this challenge, please send me an email, and we can help each other reach that goal.
So today I've finished my first birthday card.
The sketch used is on Our Creative Corner.
The papers are from EK-Success (Stacy Clair Boyd), the polka dots are made with the Cuttlebug.
The sentiment is made on the computer.

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Karin

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thinking of you

This week on a Spoon Full Of Sugar there's a great sketch made by Nikki.
I've finished it a couple of days ago, but didn't have the time to post it.
The girls are playing with their friends, housekeeping is done for today, so now it's time for blogging and making cards.
For this card I've used DP from Basic Grey.
Tilda is completely colored with my H2O's, and yes Tilda has yellow hair again.
The sentiment is made on the computer.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice Sunday.

xoxo Karin

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fridaysketch #6: my first christmas card

It's so very strange to work on Christmas cards when the sun is shining and you can walk outside with only a t-shirt. But I really had to make a start with my Christmas cards. I only have to make about 60 cards, so plenty of time (so not true!!).
For the card I've used DP from Dream Street. The cute Precious Moments stampprint was a gift from Heidi (thank you for the great prints girlfriend). The flowers and brad are from Hobbycafe.
Feel free to use my sketch to create your own card.
I would love it if you leave me a comment when you've used my sketch, so I can come over and watch your creation.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend

xoxo Karin

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dutch Dare Challenge #14: a sketch

This weeks challenge at the Dutch Dare Card Challenges is a sketch.
This sketch is made by one of our DT-members: Dianette.
It took me forever to finish my DT card. First I couldn't decide on the papers, and when I finally picked the great papers from Basic Grey I couldn't find the right stamp. To big, to small, not fitting to the papers, you all probably know what I mean.
But This morning I finally finished my card and I am pleased with how it turned out.

I was just looking at all the challengeblogs and came across the challenge "Autumn Haze"on Papertakeweekly. Normaly I don't make my DT cards for other challenges, but with not much time to craft this week I think I can make acception.

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Karin

Nikki's blog candy for reaching 20,000 hits

My good friend Nikki (Bunny-Zoe) has reached 20,000 hits so it's time for a fabulous blog candy.
Hop over to her blog join this great candy.
And while you're there take the time to watch all the great things she's creating. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Kay Challenge

This is my first entry for the Sarah Kay challenge.
I remember that when I was a little girl I got a Sarah Kay card game when I was in the hospital. I was to little to read the text on the cards and couldn't play the game. I just watched those cards all day and admired the cute images. Funny to see that 30 years later those images are very popular again.
The papers I've used are from Making Memories.
The checkerpapers have no name on it, so I can't tell where they are from.
Little Sarah is completely colored with H2O's.
I start to use those H2O's more and more because I think they give the stamps more expression than my watercolorpencils. Only problem is that I don't have all the colors yet, so all images have yellow hair.
But with my B-day coming up in a few weeks and hubby doesn't know what to buy me, I think I will buy me some extra sets.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.
xoxo Karin
I could use your help on something!!
I'm looking for flowers to use on christmas cards.
If you have any suggestions on where to buy them I would be very greatfull.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sorry I forgot your birthday!!!

Shame on me, I forgot another birthday.
With all my on blogs, the blogs of all you talented ladies, the challenge blogs and the Dutch Magnolia group I'm a member of I keep forgetting a lot of birthdays. Well it's not completely true, i write them down on hose yellow post-it papers stick them on anything close to my computer. But there are so many of them, it's one big yellow mess on my wall. I've got to organize this!!!!
But I've made up for all the late birthdays and made belated cards all sunday.
This one I made for two challenges: This week there's a great sketch over at Stampinglinkstolove.
And over at cutecardthursday the theme is week is : PRETTY IN PINK.
The papers I've used are from Basic Grey.
The blue frame is made with my first set of nestabillities and the pink cardstock is embossed with the cuttlebug.
This cute Tilda is completely colored with my H2O's.

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Karin

PS: If you think I forgot your birthday to please let me know.

Mayby it will arrive at christmas time (LOL)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cake anyone?

Just a quick post before I'm going to watch some tv with my hubby.
Today I made a card for the challengeblog Paperminutes.
They have a great and easy sketch this week. It just took me 15 minutes to make this one.
If they all would be so easy I could make at least 5 a day.
Anyway, I used one of the newer Magnolia's.
I think this Tilda is looking a bit sad. Mayby everyone is on a diet and don't want to taste her delicious cake. Me neither, had enough cake the last few weeks. I colored her with my watercolorpencils and blended them with a waterbrush.
The papers are from Making Memories and the sentiment is from a local Dutch shop.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice evening.

xoxo Karin

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ruby's birthday party

No new cards to show you today.
Instead I wanted to show you this picture

Ain't that sweet. The 11 kids from Ruby's birthdayparty.

All in one row, being quiet and watching other people play bowling.

And now imagine loud music, a lot of flashing discolights and smoke videoclips on big screens and 11 kids with to much energy.

Ever wondered what that looks like?

Take a look at the next pictures.

Ron and I had our hands full in controling them.

They were running, dancing and bowling all over the place.

There was so much noice, the kids only heard us when we were very close to them.

But they all had a great time (for most kids it was their first time on a bowlingalley).

And what makes parents more happy than the smiling faces of their kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a nice evening

xoxo Karin

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fridaysketch #5 and some happy mail

It's weekend!!!!!. I'm free from work the whole weekend. Normaly I work on Saturday afternoon, but Ruby is celebrating her b-day for the kids from school tomorrow. She's taking 10 kids Magic Bowling at the place I normaly work (so I won't miss it to much). It's nice to be a guest for a change.
Because I had so much to do today, the sketch of this week is a easy one.
I made this card for someone who's birthday I completely forgot. So what else can you say than SORRY!!!.
Feel free to use this sketch for making your own card. If you do so please leave a comment on this post so I can watch your creation.

This morning I received some very happy mail from my good friend Linda.

A great Magnolia card, and some yummie, yummie goodies.

Thanks Linda, love all the goodies and can't wait to play with them.

(The Bo-Bunny book is already taken by the girls)

Have a great weekend.

xoxo Karin

Later tonight I'm going to post my 10,000 hits candy

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dutch Dare #13: use buttons on your card

This weeks challenge over at the Dutch Dare Challenges is to use buttons on your card.
For my DT card I've used an Penny Black image (love the big hat she's wearing). I've colored it completely with my H2O's.
The papers are from My Mind's Eye.

This weeks sponsor is Crafty Individuals. They are donting this great stampset.

Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo Karin

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Spoon Full Of Sugar: anything but a card

This week on A Spoon Full Of Sugar they want you to make enaything but a card.
Last Sunday a uncle of Ron was celebrating his birthday. He likes wine, so we bought him a bottle of redwine. But when I got home I realized that I forgot to buy some nice wrapping papers. The only papers that were in the house were bright pink papers with princesses. Not very suitable for a 75 years old male. So I made a nice hanger for the bottle.

Thanks for stopping by

xoxo Karin

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Picking apples for papertake weekly

This week on Papertake weekly there's a great sketch provided by Katharina.
The papers I've used are from Autumn Leaves. The stamp is colored completely with twinkling H2O's. I had those for a long time but never used them. I finaly took the time to try them out. And I'm really pleased with the result.

Thanks for stopping by.
xoxo Karin