Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Thursday sketch Elle's Studio

Gisterenavond kwam Conny gezellig een avondje scrappen en daarvoor had ik de sketch van Elle's Studio geprint en de april kit van de Scraptastic Club klaar gelegd. Heerlijk vind ik dat ... een schets en een kit. Kan het nog makkelijker? Vooral als je gezellig met z'n 2-en scrapt en geen tijd/zin hebt om na te denken vind ik dit de perfecte combinatie. Vanmiddag alleen nog een randje met de naaimachine gestikt en klaar was mijn layout!

Yesterday I had a fab evening of scrapping with my friend Conny. When I scrap with friends I love to use a sketch and a kit ... in this case I used Thursday's sketch from Elle's Studio and the April kit from the Scraptastic Club

De foto's zijn weer van onze vakantie in Frankrijk vorig jaar. Een terrasje in het gezellige stadje Anduze. Hier kom ik al bijna 40 jaar (niet te geloven!) en het blijft leuk! 

The photos were taken during our vacation in France last year. We were in Anduze, a little town in the Cévennes. I've been coming here for almost 40 years and I still LOVE it!

and here's the sketch from Elle's Studio:

The template I used for misting my background came from Paper Issues. LOVE it! Here you'll also find LOTS of Elle's Studio products! and if you use my code "MONIQUE" you'll get a 20% discount on your entire purchase! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog again today! 

Monday, 29 April 2013

Paper Issues Giveaway WINNER!

Hi everyone!

THANK YOU for the huge response to Paper Issues' birthday celebration! We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we got! Now it's time to give some love back to you!!

The winner of my blog - according to the True Random Number Generator - is:

BRIGIT!!! Congrats girl!

Please email me your address and I'll send you your My Little Shoebox collection!

By the way: all the winners, from all the participating blogs, will also be published on the Paper Issues' Facebook page

Thanks again everyone for making this celebration such a success!!


Friday, 26 April 2013

Doodlebug Cap and Gown collection!

Not so long ago a whole box of new Doodlebug goodies arrived on my doorstep! In it was this fabulous new collection "Cap & Gown". Isn't it wonderful?!!

I got started straight away and made a layout and a card. Although the photo I used is one from our vacation, I think it fits perfectly!

and a few close-ups:

I've used my Silhouette Cameo for several of the designs on my layout.

And here's the card ... I just had to use that super sweet owl:

If you want to see more Doodlebug projects just visit their blog for tons of inspiration!

Thanks for visiting my blog again today!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Paper Issues Birthday Bash! - Now Closed

Paper Issues viert deze hele week de verjaardag van Cassie Box (de eigenaresse). Deze hele week worden er elke dag op diverse blogs van de PI designers cadeaux weggegeven! Ook op de mijne!

Hieronder zie je het cadeau dat ik onder mijn followers verloot: de hele My Little Shoebox collectie "Lovely Day" (van de patterned papers krijg je 2 stuks) en mini alpha stickers.

A.s. maandag 29 april zal ik de winnaar bekend maken! Het enige dat je hoeft te doen is mijn blog te volgen en de FB pagina van Paper Issues te "liken".  Laat even een berichtje achter als je dat gedaan hebt!

The Paper Issues creative team is celebrating Cassie Box' (the owner of Paper Issues) birthday in a big way this week. This is not just a one day celebration, but a whole five days — five days full of fun and giveaways. Usually the birthday girl would be getting the gifts, but instead the creative team is giving away some wonderful gifts. 

One of my lucky followers will receive the prize shown below: the My Little Shoebox collection "Lovely Day" (you'll get 2 of each sheet of patterned paper). 

All you have to do is follow my blog and "like" Paper Issues' FB page - then leave me a message that you have done the above!  

I will randomly draw a winner April 29th and announce it here! Wishing you all good luck!

There will be plenty of activity on the Paper Issues Facebook page all week so keep checking in so you don't miss a chance to win some great prizes. Good luck!

Vergeet niet de facebook pagina van Paper Issues te "liken" zodat je niks mist van alle feestelijkheden!!

Thanks for visiting!! 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Hi everyone! A very happy Wednesday to you!!

This week Imaginisce is teaming up with The Twinery! The whole week projects are being shown on both Imaginisce's and The Twinery's blogs on how to incorporate twine in your projects. Every day designers from both Imaginisce and The Twinery will show you what they've created. And there's even more good news: if you leave comments on every blogpost you can win this from Imaginisce: a collection package of Endless Summer, an I-Rock tool and a compact of Hot Rocks!

And from The Twinery a choice of 3 spools of twine!

And now on to the project I created for you:

and a close-up:

Supplies: Imaginisce patterned papers (Endless Summer, Childhood Memories), stamp (Endless Summer), sticker stacker (Endless Summer), oversized die cuts (Endless Summer), glam rocks (rhinestuds). The Twinery "Lemondrop" and "Caribbean" twine. Other supplies: cardstock: American Crafts; stamp: Making Memories; chipboard arrows: Maya Road; wood veneer word bubble & Mister Huey's color mist: Studio Calico; stamping ink: Doodlebug (tangerine), StazOnn (black), ColorBox (yellow); tag: misc.; Tools: Silhouette Cameo, I-Rock, sewing machine. 

As you can see I used the twine to sew the title onto my layout and to accentuate the stamped image of the sun. I just love to use Twine on my pages! It gives it just the little extra I'm often looking for!

A little tip if you want to sew a word on your layout. First start with looking for a fun font in Word and decide on the size. Then print the word on a piece of paper, place it on your page (I always hold my layout against the window to better see where to place it) and then pierce holes through the printed paper straight into your layout! Next step: Sew! That's all ... very easy, but a great effect!

And now it's time for one of your next stops on this "Wednesday" hop:

- Imaginisce
- Guiseppa Gubler
- Suzanne Lee
- The Twinery
- Ashley Bores
- Karola Witczak

Thank you so much for stopping by today and hope to see you back soon!


Monday, 22 April 2013

I've got some GREAT news!!

See this?

Paper Issues Blog Design

Zo gaaf ... vanaf vandaag zit ik in het Design Team van PAPER ISSUES!!
Dit is zo'n super leuke plek op het "world wide web"!! Er zijn elke 2 weken nieuwe "issues" waar je aan mee kan doen en waar je iets mee kan winnen (deze week en volgende week is dat Elle's Studio!), er is een winkel waar je de nieuwste producten kunt kopen of de maandelijks kit, maar je kan er ook gewoon heel veel inspiratie op doen!!

Ga vooral even op hun blog kijken! Dan zie je gelijk wie er allemaal in het nieuwe Design Team zitten (heel veel bekenden!). En ook de winkel is de moeite waard!! en weet je wat leuk is??? Elke keer als je iets bestelt in de winkel krijg je 20% korting door alleen mijn naam "MONIQUE" in te vullen als kortingscode!! Super hè? Je bestelling is dan met een dag of 6 in huis!

As of today I'm joining the design team of PAPER ISSUES!!!! 

I'm soooo excited about this! 

Have a look HERE to learn more about them and to see who the other design team members are!! and HERE's the link to the store! and you know what???? If you use my code "MONIQUE" every time you buy something in the store you'll get a 20% discount!!!!

And just to give you an idea of what's in their store ... here's a preview of the May kit "Lost at Sea"!
Thanks girls for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Imaginisce Color Challenge!

Deze week heeft een Imaginisce een kleurenchallenge op hun blog. Dit is de kleurencombinatie waar het om gaat:

This week Imaginisce is having a color challenge on their blog and this is the color combination used: 

Mijn layout was woensdag op hun blog en dit is 'm. Een layout over het paasontbijt bij onze jongste op school. Elk jaar op de donderdag voor Pasen vindt het paasontbijt plaats. Ze beginnen met ochtendgymnastiek (met een levensgrote paashaas en kuiken) op muziek en daarna volgt het paasontbijt in de klas. Alle leerlingen en leraren komen die dag in hun pyjama naar school ... geen gezicht, maar zo leuk!

My layout was up on their blog last Wednesday. These photos were taken during the Easter celebration at my youngest's school. Every year on the Thursday before Easter they start with morning exercises followed by an Easter breakfast. All the teachers and children come to school in their pyjamas. This is such a fun and happy morning that I just had to scrap it!

en een paar close-ups (de "Spring" sticker is trouwens van Doodlebug en niet van Imaginisce).

and a few close-ups (btw, the "Spring" sticker is Doodlebug's).

Supplies Used: Imaginisce (Good Dog: patterned paper; Childhood Memories: patterned paper, sticker stacker). Other Supplies used: Adhesive: Xyron Mega Runner, American Crafts: cardstock, Doodlebug sticker and twine, Studio Calico wood veneer and color mist, Tim Holtz staples. Tools: Silhouette Cameo, Tim Holtz' Tiny Attacher.

Wil je meedoen met deze challenge zodat je binnenkort bij hun "I Spy" genoemd wordt? Maak dan een iets (kaart/layout) met deze kleurencombinatie en plaats het op Imaginisce's facebook pagina of op je eigen blog met een link naar hun blog. Ik weet het, er is niet veel tijd meer, maar omdat zij ca. 9 uur achter ons lopen heb je dus iets langer de tijd! Dit geldt trouwens voor alle projecten die je maakt met Imaginisce producten ... altijd op hun facebook pagina zetten, of een link op hun blog plaatsen! Dat waarderen ze echt enorm! en grote kans dat je dan op hun blog genoemd wordt!! 

Challenge to You:
We'd also like to have you join in on this challenge and create something using this color piece. Post your work on Imaginisce's Facebook page or leave a comment on the posts on Imaginisce's blog this week with a link to your project. We'd love to share your work on our blog this Friday for our i-spy feature.

Okay, dit was het weer! Bedankt voor het langskomen!! 
Groetjes en tot snel! 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon!! 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

AFSC Sketch Challenge!

It's been the 15th of the month again and that means there's a brand new sketch challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

As I badly needed some sunshine after our very long winter, I've used Echo Park's "Hello Summer" collection for my page. Until last Sunday we hadn't had one ray of sun for the entire year! Okay, probably a bit exaggerated, but that's how it felt to me. 

Here's my page (another photo from our holiday in Barcelona!): 

and a few close-ups:

and this is the sketch:

Instead of the 3 circles I've used 3 clouds ... a bit of sketchy freedom, LOL. 

Again, if you like the sketch then please join us this month at AFSC!!! We would really love you too and there's a nice prize up for grabs!! Hop over to AFSC's blog and have a look at all the other fabulous layouts the design team made! 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon as I have some fantastic news to share!! Wohoo! 


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Best Friends!

Toen we vorig jaar op vakantie naar zuid Frankrijk waren is Jippie met ons mee geweest. We hebben heerlijk met haar gewandeld (ook al was het smoorheet) en op 1 van die wandelingen heb ik deze foto van Mats met haar genomen. Lief he?

Today I've got a layout for you I created just because I felt like it! I had these beautiful Jillibean Soup papers (Grandma's Lima Bean Soup) lying on my desk and next to them this photo of my youngest with our Jippie (taken during our vacation in France last year) and I just had to get started! So I did and this is the result: 

en je gelooft 't niet, maar deze layout heb ik gewoon "zo maar" gescrapt! Omdat ik dit gave pakket van Jillibean Soup (Grandma's Lima Bean Soup) had liggen en omdat ik de foto zo leuk vond. De stempels zijn trouwens van Jessica van "Scraptastic Club". Ik heb een abonnement op haar maandelijkse kit en deze stempels maken daar deel van uit (je kan ze ook apart bestellen). 

The stamps are from Jessica at the "Scraptastic Club". I hoard stamps and I've decided to start actually using them!  

Hebben jullie vandaag ook zo genoten van het heerlijke weer? Hier duurde het even voor de zon tevoorschijn kwam, dus vanmorgen ben ik eerst begonnen met opruimen in de tuin en snoeien, maar om een uur of 2 kon ik eindelijk gaan zitten, heerlijk met mijn boek!! Ben begonnen in de laatste van Peter Robinson "Watching the Dark" ... heerlijk! 

We had such fantastic weather today! It was warm and sunny for the very first time this year and I've enjoyed every minute of it! I've cleaned the garden for a few hours (not enough!) and started on my brand new book from Peter Robinson (watching the dark). Bliss!!!!! 

Bedankt dat je weer langs geweest bent! Fijne week verder!

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your week!! 

Friday, 12 April 2013

I went a bit wild ...

... with this layout, LOL! I don't know what happened ... me, who normally always scraps straight and plans every step very carefully, just misted, stamped, splashed with paint, tore and handcut my paper and sewed  this page in half an hour! and I think I actually like it!

This morning I found this sketch challenge on Elle's Studio and saved it onto my computer for later use. But then this afternoon, when I started to clean my desk I realized I didn't want to clean at all! I wanted to play!! and that's what I did ... I printed the sketch and a photo from our summer holiday from last year and just used all these new purchases that were lying on my desk, including the tags from Elle's Studio, and I LOVED it!

I even used my new paints and mask!

and this is the sketch (hope you can still recognize it!).

I got it from Elle's Studio, HERE.

Supplies: patterned paper, washi tape, stamp (today): Glitz Design (Color me Happy); tags and notes: Elle's Studio; kraft cardstock: American Crafts; flair buttons: Stash Panache; camera paper clips: Prima Marketing; Kraft tag: Papermania; date stamp: Amy Tangerine; mask: Kesi'Art; stamping ink: Doodlebug (tangerine) and Archival (black); distress stain: Tim Holtz (squeezed lemonade); color mists: Mister Huey's (gold, taxi, pretty pink); doilies: misc. Tools: sewing machine and Cameo.

And now I've got to walk the dog! When I'm scrapping I tend to forget about the time and all of a sudden it's evening and I should have walked with Jippie, done some shopping and cooking and instead I did none! So that's what I'll do now!

Have a fabulous weekend!! (I think Sunday we're finally getting some sun! hurray!!!)

Thanks for stopping by!