my reading pile

my reading pile, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

YA dystopian fiction, can't wait to dig in :) I already read Matched (prequel to crossed by Ally Condie) and Delirium (prequel to Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver) and of course I cannot wait to finally read The Hunger Game series by Susan Collins. 
Anyone here on goodreads? Look me up under my name to add me if you want :) 
What are you currently reading?


stamp carving workshop

stamp carving class, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

The 5th edition of the stamp carving workshop I taught at Shop Elle Aime on May 13th (mother's day) was another great success & super fun :)
 everyone went home with a nice hand carved stamp.
Thanks for joining in and the 'Gezelligheid' everyone :)


the art of letter writing...

I started writing letters when I was 13 years old. Over the years I had over a 100 different pen pals from 30+ different countries. There was nothing more exciting then to receive a long letter from a friend from overseas. I kept on writing letters until well in my mid to late 20s and then I just abruptly stopped. I couldn't find the time anymore, to sit down a write a 'proper' letter. And with the digital era making it easier to connect with friends through Facebook, twitter, flickr, messenger and what not, writing a letter seemed redundant... but recently I've really stared to miss it. 


my art specially craft haul

craft haul, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

Sorry I've been so quiet lately! Been a busy few weeks! So much went on, I should write that in a seperate post soon, but for now some crafty eye candy! 

I went to the yearly stamp event in Zeist NL again, the art specially stamp weekend, a walhalla for rubberstamp lovers! this is the damage done ;) new items for me, dylusions & stampotique stamps. as well as the crafter's workshop stencils. they are ACE! and I picked up some of my fave supplies to work with like perfect pearls and distress ink :)
(for more info click on the picture)

Huzzah for having a craft addiction ;) 
I'm already starting to use some of these on my mail art project :) 


And the winner is...

Thank you again for all the lovely comments and birthday wishes!
A bit later than I promised but finally the winner is drawn!
 I had a cute little helper to count all the lucky stars and there were soooo many!
Before I announce the end result some close up shots of the lucky stars ;)

and there were
664 Lucky Stars !!

(Yeah that's quite a lot! ;)

and now for the winner who was closest to the actual number

Im guessing 621, thats probably way to many :)

well Molly, that was pretty close, you were only 43 stars off ;)

You've won a surprise KDD package!
It's already packed up to go, just email me your address :)

Thanks again to everyone whom participated! 
I hope you had fun with this :)


Lucky Star Contest! > Now Closed!

Yay it's my birthday today :) And I'm celebrating it with all of you by holding my annual Lucky star contest here on my blog :) Guess the number of lucky stars (or closest to)that are in the glass matryoshka jar and win a fun KDD (surprise)prize parcel! 
The rules are simple, 
* only one guess per person, comments count on this blog post only
* it's open to everyone, but you have to be a follower of my blog to win the prize of the contest
* you can comment until March 23rd and winner will be the following weekend.
thank you for entering your guesses :)
To keep it fair and without leading anyone, we've not counted them yet. So it's a surprise to me too :) Just one tip, there is always more in there than you might think ;) One more picture to give a better view;
It's about 18cm high, diameter of about 7cm to 5cm and filled top to bottom :) 
So ask yourself this question today, are you feeling lucky?
Then come one and have a guess ;) 

ETA; Thank you for the birthday wishes everyone :) 
The comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for entering your guess!
This weekend we'll count the stars and then select the winner whom has the correct guess or closest to the correct number :) 
Are you the winner?? 
Stay tuned!!


Society Queen

This week at The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge the theme is Royalty. I'm happy to be a guest designer again this week :) While Lily has an amazing selection of lovely queens as (digi)stamps I wanted to do something a little different for this challenge. I recently bought the classic Audrey Hepburn smoking Stamp at Stamping Back and I thought it would be fun to combine that with The Octopode Factory's awesome Audrey Smoking digi stamp. Audrey Hepburn is one of my all time idols, she is amazing. 
To share one of her quotes; 
"Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once."

I wholeheartedly agree. Here she is looking back on her life, how it all went and how society sees her - framed and admired-  and I think we all consider her a bit of a Royalty now, don't we? She is definitely a queen in my book :) 

Materials used; Octopode factory audrey (digi) &swirl (rubberstamp), stamping back audrey (rubberstamp), zettology crown rubber stamp, basic grey papers, velvet sticky back fabric, paisley rubber stamp, versamark dazzle, pearl ex patina, metallic rubs, polkadot ribbon, typewriter sticko stickers & colored with Letraset Tria Promarkers. Card dimensions; 18x15 cm.  


a good luck color combo?

Loving my new sephora nail polish I bought yesterday! 
Duo toning with 'my vintage sweater' and 'want to be a star' - I think they fit quite well together. Did this to cheer me up a bit, was a bit down in the dumps because I'm nearly hitting my 2 month mark of being unemployed. Then the strangest thing happened. 
After I did my nail polish I got called for a job interview, or well a meeting for a possible job interview, at an agency. The meeting is tomorrow and they explicitly asked me if I was available right away. And I'm thinking this must be a good luck color combo! I'll just leave it this way and not revert to one color for tomorrow. yeah I'm superstitious that way ;) At least it'll show a little bit of personality in this uniform society. Right? :)


200 fans and we have a winner!

Wow, I just hit 200 fans on my Facebook Fanpage :) And as promised I'd let the randomizer pick one of you lucky fans to send you a surprise hand carved stamp from my carved and boxed series- and look who the randomizer chose .....
Christel Nolle! 
Congratulations Christel! If you would let me know your address through messaging me through Facebook, I'll get out the prize to you soon :) To everyone thanks so much for your support! it means a lot! To stay updated on my latest items and news, please do like my FB fanpage to get all the news first :)


Wh000 are Y0000uu?

I'm quite happy to be a guest designer for the Octopode Factory Friday Challenge this week :) This week's theme is mushrooms. I've been inspired by, yes once again, Alice in Wonderland ;) I just love this scene where Alice is tiny and she meets the Caterpillar in the forest and he asks 'whOOo are YOOoouu?' :)
The mushrooms are digistamps and it's the first time I've actually worked with digital stamps! And I have to say I love it! I'm usually very loyal to my rubber stamps, (I have about 1000+ rubber stamps)  but I love the fact that with Digi's you can re-size it and as you can see I took fully advantage of that ;) 
I mixed the Octopode images with the Lewis Carol's Alice to give it a bit more whimsy to it. I love how well it goes together!
Materials used; octopode digi stamps and rubber stamps, red eowyn alice rubber stamp, Letraset promarkers, pearl ex shimmers, whimsy alphabet stamps.
 dimension of the card is 6x4 inches. 

Inspired to make something for the challenge? Need some octopode images? check out Lily's etsy shop for more digi stamps :)


Anyone for Cake?

Wow time sure does fly! Happy March everyone! This is (or will be) a great month for me as I have a lot of things to look forward to. First off I have my birthday this month, on the 14th. I also have a job interview on the same day in a place I would really, really like to work, so please keep your fingers crossed for me  that it will work out.That would be some awesome birthday gift If I got the job ;)
The week after my bf and will take a trip to Lisbon (Portugal) for a week :) Oh I'm SO looking forward to new surroundings (we've never been there before) and some SUNSHINE! Also been quite a while since I've been abroad, last trip was to Prague last year June. High time to go on holidays again I say ;) 

Anyway, since I know like 3 others who also have their birthday on march 14th and actually I have 3 friends who have their birthday on the same day today, I came up with this concept for the TOFF Octopode Factory Friday Challenge; Birthday Twins. Theme is Anyone for Cake and yes I love me some birthday cake ;) I used Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum rubberstamp from the Octopode Factory, cupcake stamps from maya road,  whimsy alphabet stamps, Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder, versamark inkpads, memories tuxedo black ink pad, basic grey papers and as usual my letraset promarkers. 
I really had fun with this Challenge :) Want to play along? Go ahead and make something and post it to the blog! You still have today for this challenge, and every friday there will be a new one up. 
(And err... if you check out the new challenge which will be posted tomorrow, 
you might find a familiar guest designer popping up ;) 

So to all my march birthday Twins, happy birthday to you!


everything will be ok ♥

everything will be ok, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

I just made this box from the DIY package, an instant comfort it does provide! Things haven't been going all that well lately so it's exactly what I needed today! 
And yes co-incidentally my nailpolish does match the lettering on the box ;) 
(Color;Turquoise & Caicos by Essie)

Comfort Pocket boxes are by Kim Welling - she sells different DIY packages and ready made ones! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop! 
She has a lot of other really cool stuff too! 

We've got these really cute cups & saucers as well
and it's a joy to drink coffee from them :)
(pictures by Kim Welling)


Hmm... what to wear?

what to wear?, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

Via Flickr:
For the Octopode Factory Friday Challenge. this week it's 'Fancy dress' and I've chosen Alice for this challenge. It is a Girl thing isn't it? The difficulty in deciding what to wear :) She chose blue and I think she chose wisely :)
Materials used; card (6x4 inches folded) in cream color, promarkers, metallic rubs, sticko alphabet stickers, sticko stickles, rubber stamps from lost coast designs (measure tape ATC background and dress forms)

Oh and some lovely news My Valentine Card I'm Mad About you got a place in the Top 3 Last week at the Octopode factory Challenge and I'm very chuffed about it :)


Be patient Dear Bunny Rabbit!

New! a ooak cute rabbit bunny zippy pouch :) I made this a little while back, I love him, but I decided to try to find him a new home ...

Available on my etsy now :)


It's a Steampunk Fairytale! ATC swap series!

Via Flickr:
First series is Wizard of Oz! 
I made this using rubber stamps from the octobpde factory, de stempelwinkel, artemio and tim holtz. products; promakers, metallic rubs, micron fineliners, making memories page pebbles.


Happy Valentine's day!

I'm MAD about you!, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

Via Flickr:
This is something I made for the friday octopode factory challenge
This week it's obviously valentine themed. 
Dimensions; square card 15x 15 cm
Materials used; octopode mad hatter, alice and heart stamps, making memories letter stamps, kars tea stamps, hand carved tea stamps, metallic rubs, brilliance stamping ink, memories stamping ink, tria letraset markers, copic sketch markers, steadtler pigment liners 0.5 & 0.3...
The colors are more vibrant, but it's a bit of a grey day today :P

ETA; yay I made it to the top 3 with this one :) 


Another fun and creative afternoon!

My 'pupils' hard at work :), originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.
Via Flickr:
Yesterday afternoon was the 4th stamp carving workshop my bf and I taught at Lisa Manuels' Shop Elle Aime at ROTABS in Rotterdam
Another wonderful and creative afternoon! Look at the concentration everyone in working in :)


mail art 365 piece 22 & 28

For the Valentine mail ART swap  I hosted at my ZMACS Group on Swap-Bot
page of tara mcpherson's coloring book. used letraset promarkers, copic sketch markers & AD markers, hand carved heart stamp and steadtler pigment liners
This first (22) quote is from the movie Jerry McGuire 
and second(28) is lyrics from Adele
These are a few of my fave pieces I've done in January.


swap journal

swap journal, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.
Via Flickr:
in this moleskine hard cover daily planner is where i keep track of all my swaps and tags and RAK's for swapbot :)


valentine mailart WIP

valentine mailart wip, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.
Via Flickr:
preview of work #28, wip of valentine mail ART swap i'm hosting at my zines mail art and cool stuff group at swap bot. I'm having a blast with my mail art 365 project so far :) and remember, if you want me to send you some mail during this year just email me your address :)


New Year, new project!

mail art 365 start, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.
Via Flickr:
I joined the mail art 365 group and hope to send out as many pieces of mail art this year. The pieces will be at random as well be the recipients. If you want to follow the progress of this project I will post the pieces on my tumblr blog 
I'll also post them on my mail art 365 set on my flickr :)

Want to receive a surprise piece of mail from me sometime this year? 
Do email/ message me your mailing address :)

Any of you doing a 365 or technically a 366 project this year? Do share :)


happy new year!!

happy new year!!, originally uploaded by Miss Thundercat.

Thanks for all the support the past year!
I hope you all have a wonderful 2012!!