Nevertheless, she persisted - VLVS!

Last week I received some gorgeous stamps from Viva las VegaStamps! and among them was this gorgeous whimsical leaf lady from the new releases and I just had to use her in one of my projects right away! I invite you to hop on over to my blogpost over at VLVS! to see the postcard in full and which other stamps and materials I used. 

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


The Cat's Meow! - Meesha appreciation post :)

Oh what a day
It's a kitty cat special today on my blog and I wanted to share these pieces I made recently with this great cat stamp from Lost Coast Designs (at least I think it was, but I can't seem to find it on the site anymore....) The background is made with various paper scraps and I used a white, black and a copper paint marker to create some interest and outlines. The sentiment "oh what a day, what a lovely day" is from VLVS! and it's a lovely day indeed!

collaged cat ATC
The ATC is made with similar technique as the postcard, but placed the scraps horizontally instead of vertically. The cat is stamped on black paper and then embossed with white. I could not resist adding "meow" with letter stickers on it :)

So today is a special day indeed, my little fur baby Meesha has turned 3 today! She is still ever so cute and I am so happy the little critter is on our lives. She shares her birthday with the King (it's king's day today in NL!) and she definitely behaves like the queen of the house :) Here are some pictures of her for you to enjoy!

It was so difficult to leave this cutie and go to work today #meeshathecat #catsofinstagram #cats #kitty #cutenessoverload
Throwback thrusday- this was taken the first few days she was with us. A very curious and open hearted kitty we instantly fell in love with

Tiled cat picture ­čśâ @Regrann from @cornelius.grayl  -  Collage of kitty in her box.  #cat #cats #catsoninstagram #catsofinstagram #catcuddles #meesha #meeshathecat #catstagram #meeshaisawesome #sleepingcat #Regrann
Likes to try out all sorts of different sleeping positions in super small arias :)

Look at that face! "You weren't planning on sitting here were you?" ­čś╣ #catantics #catsofinstagram #meeshathecat #meesha #kitty #cutenessoverload #kittycat #catsareawesome
She definitely likes to sit on my chair in my art room while I am working.... so difficult to move her off my chair when she is looking like that!

Little purrfull snuggles on the couch in the evening are the best!

And she is definitely the queen of the house... luxuriously living!

Now I'm off to give some well deserved treats to this little birthday girl!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!


It's time to focus - SDC#272 Guest post

One layer - Stampotique Originals guest post April

It's my last week over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog as guest designer and wow this month just flew by! Today I am sharing the project I made for this fortnight's challenge; One Layer. One of the most common techniques to achieve a one layer image is to use masks. I've done that with this journal page and only used 2 stamps, Topher and You cannot depend quote stamps and the Enlighten Stencil from Donna Downey.

One layer - Stampotique Originals guest post April
First off I have stamped Topher in the middle, then masked and stamped on either side. I used Staz On mustard yellow and dove grey to stamp because I wanted to do a no line coloring in them (a coloring technique where you won't see the stamped lines). I used my stamping ruler to get the placement right. I measured the quote so that it would fall on that line width and not beyond. When I had my Tophers set, I stamped the quote in memento black and a few times with dove grey. I colored the guys in with Letraset Promarkers. Now the advantage of stamping with a lighter ink pad is that you do not have to follow the lines of the stamp! I gave them different lines in the pants section as i wanted similar lines as the shirt. And the middle one is yellow/orange because he's the bright light of the bunch, ha! I do LOVE how topher and the quote really match!

One layer - Stampotique Originals guest post April

Next up I placed the light bulb stencil over the image and traced with a faber castel pitt pen. I then colored it in with chalks and colored pencil, but thought it was too light. So I made a mask for the lightbulb and used my distress ink in yellow with a blending tool to get a bright yellow beam of light around the bulb.

One layer - Stampotique Originals guest post April
I stamped the quote several times on the outside of the bulb and used a copper paint pen for accents and spatters. Made some shadows and accents with chalks and called it done.

One layer - Stampotique Originals guest post April
A close up of the page where you can see the chalky accents in the bulb. 

As Topher is trying to do, I'm getting my imagination into focus and I hope this inspired you to play along with this fortnights theme over at Stampotque Challenge blog!

I wanted to thank Stampotique team again for having me over for a visit this month, I really had fun! And I hope you have enjoyed the projects I made their stamps this month as well :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


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!