Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The deadline for the junk journaling challenge with the theme ‘bottle’ is november 28, so I needed to get my second page done quickly.
I gave myself a time limit of an hour to complete this page.
This was freeing, because there was not much time to think and ponder, just action.
In my head there was an image of an exploding champagne bottle, that was the starting point and this is what it finally became 

I started with a piece of cardboard from a popcorn box (I found that suitable with the popping aka exploding J)
I painted different colors of acrylic paint with a cork from a wine bottle. (the only issue was that I needed to dry this and this was time consuming)
Don't you just love all that texture?

I then outlined some circles in black and added dots. Used a bottle cap to create some circles in hot pink and used my finger to add some fluo yellow dots. Glued some magazine pictures down from wine bottles and that was the background done.

As focal image I cut out a cava bottle from some junk mail, wrote my quote in it: don’t bottle things up, they will only explode.
The butterfly in the corner is cut out of a wine label and decorated with acrylic paint.

The butterfly also fits in very well with the escapada from the label of the cava.

In my last minutes of the hour I altered the images of the bottle and butterfly a bit.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birthday card

I used a piece of  1 of the 7 backgrounds I created during this months journal workshop monthly challenge to make this card.
I added a lace border, this querky fun bird stamp which I colored with neocolor II watersoluble crayons and a corner stickers.

This was rather a quick card because the background was already finished, very handy indeed.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Already the  23rd stage in the Q&L challenge (the end of the year is approaching so unbelievable fast) and the 2 words we can choose from are friendship and/or journey (more details and all the wonderful entries can be found here)

I found this quote:
Friendship is a rainbow between 2 hearts sharing 7 colors.

I used my new measuring embossing folder to emboss a piece of cardstock, I cut it into pieces  and glued them randomly on the page.

I created 7 areas by glueing down some string and added a layer of gesso.

Colored each area with a different color of gel stick and smudged it with a babywipe.

Used this stamp which looks like a chain that connects, like friendship does.

Wrote the quote on a kraft tag and added the 7 words in the 7 areas.

I will be linking this page to the Craft Barn’s Q&L Challenge and to SundaySentiments.

Monday, November 17, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day 7

Final layers today.

Added silver and blue glitter glue to the circles, I’m glad I found 6 more layers for this one that fits in perfectly with the metallic look of the first layer.

Sprayed the bricks with postbox red Dylusions sprayink (I am definitely going to add some shading to those bricks, layer 8 J)

Added a rose stamp all over, it’s not good visible, but it’s there

Added a script stamp

With this one I cheated a bit, I wanted to add shading to the birds but wasn’t happy how this turned out and added something else, some green washi tape with stars.

Outlined the design of the stencil I sprayed in layer 3

I already liked the butterflies so much I just added some written text around the border inspired by the wall of words stencil from Carolyne Dube: enchant, delight and fascinate.

There is a follow up on this challenge, 3 journal pages in 7 days. I thought we were going to use these backgrounds as a start and turn them into proper journaling pages, but we start afresh. So I will have to make my own challenge with these backgrounds, will keep you posted on the progress.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day 6

Goodmorning everybody,

It's a grey sundaymorning here, so I thought to bring some sunshine with some colorful backgrounds in progress.

I colored the stamped watches with watersoluble crayons

Made some texture paste and applied it through a homemade brick stencil

added some detail to the butterflies with liquids pearls petal pink

stamped stars with stazon in 3 colors:olive green, ganache and claret

With this background I went a bit radical, I colored it in using 3 colors of gelsticks, glad I did that because now I'm finally starting to like it.

To keep with the metallic I added some pink metallic thread

I outlined the tape with a white gelstick and added it also to the raised areas of the texture paste.

This weather is excellent to go to my studio and apply the last layer to these backgrounds without having to feel guilty. 
thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow to see the finished backgrounds.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


For this forthnight’s Q&L challenge (for more details and the other wonderful entries please click here) where the 2 words to choose from are moon an/or sensation I immediately knew my quote I wanted to use:
Shoot for the moon even if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars.
I think this is a popular quote, I already saw some pages with the same or a variation on this quote, but nonetheless this was the one I wanted to use.

This weekend I did some clearing in my studio and while rummaging I found this background I wasn’t completely happy with at the time I created it but now it was perfect for my quote.
It reminded me of the universe in some way.

The background was made with watersoluble crayons and a babywipe on a gessoed page.
I added stripes in different colors of the same crayons to create kind of a solar storm, some stars which I embossed with some holographic embossing powder and some texture paste with glitters sprinkled in. I had stamped and colored this fairy stamp which holds the moon and placed here on a black circle (otherwise she kinda disappeared in the background).
This weekend my son got a telescope for his birthday and when you look through a telescope to the moon you have a circle outlining.
So that’s why I created the black border, which was too plain so I added some gold embossed stars.
The quote is written on a piece of paper towel which I turned into a little canvas with glue.

Thanks for stopping by, have a nice day.

I forgot that Susan from over at inky dinky doodle has her sunday sentiments open all month and you can link more than 1 project, so I did :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day 5

Day 5 aka layer 5, here is what I did:

I added some die cut butterflies that were sitting on my desk in my collection jar

stamped and heat embossed some circles in gold, really loving the cohesiveness of this page

Added some tape, also in purple.

stamped some faux stitching trying to create kind of a quilt, this page needs a real lift, got to get my thinking cap on for the next layer, because only 2 more to go.

colored the pieces of bookpage with DI

used my new butterfly stamp and heat embossed in green

On this page I was looking for a flower stamp but when I came across my clock stamp I took this instead and I'm glad I did

Monday, November 10, 2014

message in a bottle (junk journal page #22)

Clare has set us a challenge for this month. We need to include the theme bottle in our recycling project.
This is what I came up with

For the background I glued down pieces of dried up acrylic paint (remember the jar?)
Sprayed with some Dylusions spray inks and stamped some circles.
I loved this summers workshop from Clare, the Me time Messages, so much I proceeded. I wrote a little note to myself on a piece of baking paper which has an aged look because I used it to tea dye some papers.On the back I stamped message in a bottle and added some washi tape butterflies, my all time favorite creatures.

I rolled this up and inserted it in my bottle, this is the plastic packaging from my owl I recently bought. 
My message in a bottle is floating around in the sea somewhere so I added some sea life to the page.

Junk used:
cereal box
dried up acrylic paint
baking paper
plastic packaging

Saturday, November 8, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day 4

Ok, preperations are done for this afternoons B-day party, so I'm taking a 5 minute break to show you the progress on my backgrounds.

Staying with the metallic theme I added some gold and silver splatters:

Again there was some blue paint left over from my son's play that evening, so I used that to colorize some texture paste and applied that through the same stencil I used with the spray inks yesterday.

Hardly visible here, but I sprayed my page using the Lindy's stamp gang glitz spritz from the victorian bouquet set.

Even harder to see, I added white stitches with a posca pen.

Some black acrylic paint through an alphabet stencil

Outlined the textbook and border with black gelstick.

Added these lines with black acrylic paint and a piece of string 

Now I'm going to mentally prepare myself for an invasion of a bunch of 5 year olds J 

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day 3

Ok, I skipped a day, but that is to create some even more suspense J
So without further ado here are the results of the 7 backgrounds after day 3:

Added some black circles with different sizes of bottle caps

There was some blue acrylic paint left on a palette from my son earlier that evening and didn't want to waste that so I created a border:

Sprayed some Dylusions spray ink through a stencil, really like this one now

Added some birds:

Glued some textbook down, really liking how this one is evolving, because this was my least favorite, but not anymore:

Outlined the stinciling work from yesterday with a black pen

And with the same black pen added some doodling around the edges of the collage

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

7 backgrounds in 7 days - day2

Here's what I added as second layer on my 7 backgrounds in process:

some drippage with Liquitex Ink! phtalocyanine blue

Grungy silver B stickers

When I made this background yesterday with the texture paste and saw the outcome I immediately knew I wanted to use it on the gelli plate as a texture plate and look how even more fabulous it is now

Over the embossed music notes I sprayed some Dylusions: lemon zest, fresh lime and vibrant turquoise

Here I added some harlequin stamping with stazon black

The paper collage I outlined with some soft pastels

On top of the napkin transfer I applied some Folkart acrylic paint in the color pumpkin through a stencil.

Already I have a couple I like more then others, wonder whether this will stay of change during the process.
Keep tuned.